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Sportsmail columnists Nasser Hussain and David Lloyd answer the big questions after series win

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The matches keep coming thick and fast for Joe Root and England’s Test side after their 2-1 victory against West Indies.

After falling to Jason Holder’s men in Southampton, the hosts went on to reclaim the Wisden Trophy after winning both matches at Old Trafford, where they will also face Pakistan in another three-match series beginning next Wednesday.

Here, Sportsmail columnists David Lloyd and Nasser Hussain answer the big questions about the previous and upcoming Test matches, while also looking ahead to the Ashes series next year. 

Nasser Hussain and David Lloyd answer the big questions about Joe Root and his England side

Nasser Hussain and David Lloyd answer the big questions about Joe Root and his England side

Nasser Hussain and David Lloyd answer the big questions about Joe Root and his England side

What did we learn in this series?

Nasser Hussain: England are a very good Test side at home and if they get runs in their first innings they will be a challenge for any touring side. Leave Stuart Broad out at your peril — he and Jimmy Anderson are still at the top of their powers and Chris Woakes is still a hugely under-rated cricketer. 

And don’t get smart with selection. England basically fudged a pick in the first Test between a bowler who didn’t deserve to be left out after South Africa in Mark Wood and one in Jofra Archer who deserved to play because of the rare talent he has. So they left out Broad and that was a stupid decision, not a tough one.

David Lloyd: No 1, don’t leave Stuart Broad out! I thought this was a pretty strong series performance from England. It’s clear Joe Root and Chris Silverwood want real stability at the top of the innings but I’d add the caveat that there will come a time when they have to change gear. 

Good to see Jos Buttler looking more confident and assured. My niggle is once again England lost the first Test. But they are getting there with first-innings runs.

England learned they should not leave Stuart Broad out like they did at the Ageas Bowl

England learned they should not leave Stuart Broad out like they did at the Ageas Bowl

England learned they should not leave Stuart Broad out like they did at the Ageas Bowl

Will Pakistan be a step up from West Indies?

Bumble: Pakistan are always unpredictable and will have flair. I wouldn’t expect too much difference between them and West Indies. They may be short of runs as well against England in these conditions with a Dukes ball but England need to start strongly for once. 

I never thought I’d say these words but perhaps England won’t need a spinner next week at Old Trafford. Dom Bess didn’t bowl at all in the third Test and only bowled 10 overs in the second innings of the second. 

I expect Ben Stokes to be fit to bowl next week and it will come down to one place — do you play a spinner, the extra batsman in Zak Crawley or the left-arm variation in Sam Curran?

Nasser: It will be a very similar challenge. Pakistan have a slightly better batting line-up than West Indies with players experienced in England like Azhar Ali, Asad Shafiq and Babar Azam even though his white-ball record is better than his Test one. 

Their bowling is dangerous if a little inexperienced and the difference could be that England are coming off the back of a three-Test series and Pakistan will have to be careful not to be caught cold.

Pakistan have a better batting line-up than West Indies including white-ball star Babar Azam

Pakistan have a better batting line-up than West Indies including white-ball star Babar Azam

Pakistan have a better batting line-up than West Indies including white-ball star Babar Azam

Did you understand England’s rotation policy — and can this attack take wickets in Australia? 

Nasser: I don’t see what they were trying to do by leaving out Broad. He was dropped not rested. Yes, you have to have one eye on the future but you have to get the balance right. I would have two English-type seamers, whether that’s Broad and Anderson or one of them with Woakes, and in each Test pick one fire-gun in Wood or Archer. 

Two fast-and-nasties in the first game made it seem as though England were already playing away from home. Spin is the big question. We have seen English fingers spinners destroyed in Australia. Do England stick with Dom Bess between now and the Ashes? Certainly the only real wrist-spin option in Matt Parkinson is a long way away.

Bumble: I understand the need for rest and rotation but, rest assured, Broad was not rested for the first Test. He hadn’t played for six months! The use of Jimmy Anderson was perfect and I’d expect him to play two out of the three against Pakistan. 

We can go back to what Silverwood said before this game — we will play our strongest attack. So I reckon they will do the same next week at the same venue and could be unchanged.

England's use of Jimmy Anderson was perfect and he could play two of the next three Tests

England's use of Jimmy Anderson was perfect and he could play two of the next three Tests

England’s use of Jimmy Anderson was perfect and he could play two of the next three Tests

Is England’s batting good enough to take on Australia?

Bumble: I think they will be able to handle Australia’s pace attack but my concern, and this is probably not everyone’s concern, is a game-plan against Nathan Lyon. England cannot allow him to just keep bowling at them so Rory Burns and Dom Sibley have to find a way to score runs against spin, not aggressively but positively. 

Find a big shot to get the field back. Burns has now been dismissed by Roston Chase goodness knows how many times and Sibley was absolutely becalmed against spin at Old Trafford.

Nasser: I’d like to see Dan Lawrence introduced pretty soon because he’s a good young player already with good memories of playing in Australia with the Lions.

I’d have two of Rory Burns, Dom Sibley and Zak Crawley to open based on whoever takes their chance between now and the Ashes with Lawrence the long-term No3 and the line-up picks itself after that. 

Sibley concerns me a little in the sub-continent this winter against India, if that tour goes ahead, and I’d favour Crawley for now against spin.

Essex's Dan Lawrence should be introduced pretty soon because he's a good young player

Essex's Dan Lawrence should be introduced pretty soon because he's a good young player

Essex’s Dan Lawrence should be introduced pretty soon because he’s a good young player

Who’ll be keeping wicket in the Ashes?

Nasser: Good question. I think it will be Jos Buttler. His keeping is improving and we saw what he can do with the bat in this last Test. He knows he has to keep getting scores and I’m still a fan of Jonny Bairstow. 

They say Ben Foakes has an issue against the short ball which would be a problem in Australia. I don’t know that for sure but that’s the rumour.

Bumble: I’m very happy with Jos Buttler but I’d be equally happy with Jonny Bairstow. Jonny had a barren patch before he was dropped but his glovework has improved out of sight and he’s got six Test centuries. 

He’s been messed around by England but Buttler at his best is a real threat and it’s obvious England want him in the team. They like what he can bring.

Jos Buttler appears to be the favourite but he knows he must keeping making runs with the bat

Jos Buttler appears to be the favourite but he knows he must keeping making runs with the bat

Jos Buttler appears to be the favourite but he knows he must keeping making runs with the bat

What’s your England team for the first Ashes Test in 18 month’s time?

Nasser: You’re going to have to give me a couple of either/ors because it’s so far away. Burns, Sibley (or Crawley), Lawrence, Root, Stokes, Pope, Buttler (or Bairstow) Bess (but with a question mark), Archer, Wood and Broad. I’d have Saqib Mahmood as one of the back-up bowlers but I think it’s a tour too far for Jimmy Anderson.

Bumble: We had a go at this on Sky on Tuesday and I had the casting vote as chairman! This is what we came up with: Burns, Crawley, Lawrence, Root, Stokes, Pope, Buttler, Rashid, Archer, Broad, Anderson. 

We think Jimmy will still be going! Other lads who got a shout were Mark Wood and Olly Stone and a left-field suggestion is the left-armer Reece Topley. The only question with him is can he get fit?

Nasser would have Saqib Mahmood as a back-up but it will be a tour too far for Anderson

Nasser would have Saqib Mahmood as a back-up but it will be a tour too far for Anderson

Nasser would have Saqib Mahmood as a back-up but it will be a tour too far for Anderson

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Watch moment Atletico Madrid player Luis Suarez bid farewell to his Nou Camp locker after leaving Barcelona

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THIS is the emotional moment Luis Suarez emptied his Barcelona locker for the last time.

The 33-year-old Uruguayan has made a shock £3.7million move to LaLiga rivals Atletico Madrid.

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Luis Suarez stands by his Barcelona locker for the last timeCredit: EPA
It was a family affair as the striker invited his three children into the moment

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It was a family affair as the striker invited his three children into the moment

New Barca boss Ronald Koeman decided the former Liverpool striker was not in his plans for the future.

Suarez gave a tearful exit interview on Thursday, where he spoke of the move coming as a ‘surprise’ before thanking Barcelona for ‘having faith in me’.

He then made his way to the Barca dressing room to clear out his locker for the final time.

A photo of him was on the front, with Sergio Busquets having the locker to the right.

Suarez posed in front of the metal cabinet before his three children, Delfina, Benjamin and Lautaro.

Speaking about his move to Atletico, Suarez said: “This is such a surprise, I didn’t really have anything prepared.

“I just want to say the club has always had so much confidence in me since 2014 when they signed me.

“In the conditions that I came here, surrounding me from the mistake that I made with the confidence they had in me, it wasn’t easy to accept.

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The 33-year-old Uruguayan makes the walk to his locker for the last time

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The 33-year-old Uruguayan makes the walk to his locker for the last time
Luis Suarez admitted the move to Atletico Madrid came as a 'surprise'

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Luis Suarez admitted the move to Atletico Madrid came as a ‘surprise’

“The coaches and my team-mates, the way they accepted me when I came, it was amazing.”

At his last press conference as a Barcelona player, Suarez also revealed how he was told to ‘watch out’ for Lionel Messi when he joined the Catalans.

He went on to become best friends with the Argentinian.

Suarez added: “Many people tell you about Messi when you arrive at Barca.

“They say, ‘watch out for Leo’, he’s another striker. [But] many things are invented.”

It has been revealed that Suarez will reportedly face a SIXTY PER CENT wage drop after joining Atletico Madrid.

Marca reports that Suarez will earn around £8.3million a year with his new club.

That works out at £160,000 a week – he was earning a whopping £405,000 a week at the Nou Camp.

Suarez got emotional at his last ever presser with Barcelona

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Suarez got emotional at his last ever presser with BarcelonaCredit: Barcelona FC

But Barca have been very vocal about how the coronavirus pandemic has hit their finances.

And seemingly the time is right to get Suarez off the wage bill.

Suarez leaves the Camp Nou as the club’s third-highest goalscorer of all time following 198 strikes in 283 appearances for the club.

Since his move from Liverpool, he has also won four LaLiga titles, four Copa del Reys and the Champions League and Club World Cup in 2015.

Suarez breaks down in tears in Barcelona as he gives a fond farewell to the club

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Questions remain over Toronto Wolfpack’s figures ahead of crucial meeting

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TORONTO Wolfpack must convince Super League clubs their figures are serious as they battle to stay in Super League.

For one doubter has dubbed them ‘a great work of fiction.’

 Carlo LiVolsi hopes to keep Toronto in Super League, but doubts remain

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Carlo LiVolsi hopes to keep Toronto in Super League, but doubts remain

And SunSport understands the Canadian side has asked for £2 million worth of central distribution, which is MORE than some other sides already get!

They are also believed to have factored in a forecast of up to £500,000 a year from a private equity investment deal into Super League, which has not yet happened.

Wolfpack sources also suspect they may not even get a definite yes to remaining in Super League today – the best they can get is asking prospective owner Carlo LiVolsi to present to the other 11 sides next week.

Clubs and the Super League board meet today to decide on whether to give Toronto the chance to stay in the top flight after withdrawing for 2020 or kick them out.

 Robert Elstone chairs the meeting that could decide Toronto's fate

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Robert Elstone chairs the meeting that could decide Toronto’s fate

Toronto need seven votes of 13 – all 11 clubs plus the Super League governing body and the Rugby Football League get one – to progress.

However, the 80-page document they submitted, plus the extra information they were asked for, has not answered all doubts.

LiVolsi’s aims are also being questioned – does he have rugby league’s future at heart or is he just looking for something to launch a range of grooming products?

SunSport has been told by one club boss they also doubt the figures over their projected revenues in the paperwork.

 Sonny Bill Williams may yet be back in a Toronto shirt next year

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Sonny Bill Williams may yet be back in a Toronto shirt next yearCredit: PRESS ASSOCIATION

LiVolsi has promised to pay all owed wages to players – four months’ worth totalling more than £500,000 – if he is given the go ahead to take Toronto over.

And boss Brian McDermott is in regular contact with players currently under contract, including Sonny Bill Williams, while those who have agreed to join are also still committed.

A major PR offensive has been launched, highlighting the fact the Wolfpack attracted crowds of 10,000 on the other side of the Atlantic, where they have not been able to play because of Covid-19.

However, the other clubs and the governing bodies want proof a second chance will work and not leave them embarrassed again further down the line.

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WWE star Charlotte Flair gets her ‘groove again’ as she provides update on her return following breast implant surgery

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WWE star Charlotte Flair is back on her road to WrestleMania following breast surgery.

The 34-year-old daughter of the legendary Ric Flair has not competed since June 7.

Charlotte Flair has provided fans with a positive update following her breast surgery

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Charlotte Flair has provided fans with a positive update following her breast surgery
'The Queen' has returned to the gym for the first time in two months

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‘The Queen’ has returned to the gym for the first time in two months

Back at NXT TakeOver: In Your House, the future Hall of Famer lost her NXT Title to Io Shirai during a triple threat match that also included Rhea Ripley.

Following that defeat it was revealed the 5ft 10in ‘Queen’ was taking time off to address an issue with her breast implants.

Now the star has provided her Instagram followers with an update on her condition – and it was a positive one.

Sharing a selfie snap of her looking in the mirror and showing off her abs, Charlotte wrote that it was her first time at the gym for eight weeks and that she’s “ready to find [her] groove again.”

It has not been confirmed when the most decorated women’s champ in WWE history would head back to the ring.

Although her ‘Nature Boy’ father did claim she would likely be gone for a year after undergoing the knife.

He said: “She’s fine, but this time she knows, and her personal physician and the company doctors have reinforced it, that she can’t hurry the process.

“Otherwise, we’re going to be right back. With the stuff that she does, the moonsaults and the way she lands and taking knees and everything, she’s got to be a 100 per cent.”

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However, Charlotte did move to reassure fans her absence will not be that long.

She recently tweeted that she will be competing with her fellow females again in time for WrestleMania 37.

That event is currently scheduled to take place in March.

WWE Clash of Champions – Live on PPV – Sunday 27th September

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