Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

Bridge Seams Just Right for England; Root Backs Pacemen to Shine on Favourite Ground

Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

Bridge Seams Just Right for England; Root Backs Pacemen to Shine on Favourite Ground

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JOE Root senses his pedigree seam attack will have conditions to suit against South Africa on their return to a favourite hunting ground at Trent Bridge.

Stuart Broad will be back on his home turf today for the first time in a Test since the greatest performance of his career - his eight for 15 in England's Ashes-clinching innings victory over Australia two years ago.

He stood up mightily on that occasion, without the assistance for once of the injured James Anderson, as Michael Clarke's men were hustled out for just 60 in 18.3 overs.

Root can unleash both Broad and England's all-time leading wickettaker Anderson, along with Durham's Mark Wood and Ben Stokes also returning to the scene of that Ashes success, in an unchanged winning team for his second Test at captain.

England went 1-0 up on South Africa with a 211-run success at Lord's on a pitch made to measure not for the seamers on either side but the match-winning exploits of off-spinner Moeen Ali.

Here, on a pitch with plenty of grass left on, Root expects things to be different.

He said: "It might be the seamers play a bigger part this week and that excites me.

"Broady, Jimmy, Woody and Stokesy only bowling a handful of overs in the second innings last week means they're nice and fresh - and when they have the opportunity this week I hope they're still fresh."

Broad especially will doubtless be high on confidence as he bids for a 2015 follow-up.

Root added: "Stuart's excited to have another opportunity to bowl here on his home ground.

"We've played good cricket here over the last four or five years and we want to make sure that continues."

Anderson, 35 at the end of this month, has reached veteran status - and following injury niggles which have taken their toll at times over the past two years he notably limited himself to just a short bowling stint in the nets during England's two days of practice at a venue where he has almost always excelled. …

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