Paul Farbrace keen on keeping England focused for a series win

Rory Dollard 12:40 30/04/2015
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No distractions: Paul Farbrace.

Assistant coach Paul Farbrace has no intention of letting England be distracted ahead of the third Test in the West Indies – either by internal changes or external barbs.

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England are 1-0 ahead going into Friday’s decider in Barbados, in sight of a first away series victory since India in December 2012.

But they are also striving to keep other agendas out of their eyeline, with the England and Wales Cricket Board currently courting a highprofile director of cricket to take responsibility for the national side and a first Ashes gauntlet already laid down by Steven Smith.

There has thus far been more speculation than clarity around the recruitment of a new supremo – a position created after managing director Paul Downton was sacked at the start of the Caribbean tour.

And that is why Farbrace is content to let the process take its course while he helps prepare the team for action.

“You know in international sport you know that results are what it’s all about and if you’re not winning you know you’re under pressure, but you can’t worry every day about what might happen,” he said.

“We have to think solely about what’s going on the field, we can’t be distracted by what’s going on off the field.”

Farbrace hinted that England could name an unchanged XI, with Ben Stokes and Chris Jordan both getting a firm nod of approval to carry on balancing a four-man pace attack alongside James Anderson

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