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Woakes will show mettle after England axe, insists Root


By David Clough

England captain Joe Root is confident Chris Woakes will "come back strong" after he was replaced by Toby Roland-Jones for the third Test against West Indies at Lord's, which begins today.

Root pointed to Middlesex bowler Roland-Jones' knowledge of the playing surface at his home ground for the decision, as England attempt to bounce back from a surprise five-wicket defeat in the second Test at Headingley.

Root said: "Home conditions, he (Roland-Jones) knows the surface and is bowling very well.

"It's very difficult to leave somebody like Chris out, he's been a consistent performer in Test cricket for England. But this is a team I think is going to win this week.

"There's plenty of cricket to be played throughout the rest of this summer and he's a fantastic performer across all formats. I fully expect him to come back strong."

Root is confident his side can bounce back from the second Test defeat and win the series, with the Ashes rapidly approaching.

"West Indies played very well last week, but we're a strong side and we've shown that we've been able to come back from difficult weeks and this is another opportunity," Root said. "We go into every game trying win. You want good results behind you going into a big series like that (the Ashes)."

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