England have the luxury of six specialist pacemen in their 14-man squad for this week's first Test against Pakistan at Old Trafford -- a welcome "headache" for captain Joe Root. <p></p> <p></p>The skipper can call on veteran new-ball partners James Anderson and Stuart Broad, the express pace of Jofra Archer and Mark Wood and the impressive Sam Curran and Chris Woakes. <p></p> <p></p>The hosts rotated their quicks during last month's 2-1 series win over the West Indies which, together with the upcoming campaign against Pakistan, forms a programme of six Tests in seven weeks. <p></p> <p></p>That is a particularly tough schedule for fast bowlers in a season cut short by the coronavirus pandemic. <p></p> <p></p>England's management has argued no paceman can play all six Tests, with the restrictions imposed by maintaining a bio-secure "bubble" requiring several options to be immediately at hand. <p></p> <p></p>But it is an issue they will need to handle with care given they have now lost the opener in eight of their past 10 multi-match Test series, which for all their resilience could prove costly if it happens against Pakistan. <p></p> <p></p>Broad revealed on Sunday he felt "so low" after being omitted from the West Indies opener that he considered retiring. <p></p> <p></p>The recalled Broad responded with 16 wickets at a miserly average of under 11 in the next two matches as he joined long-standing England new-ball colleague Anderson as one of a select group of seven bowlers to have taken 500 Test wickets. <p></p> <p></p>At 34, and bowling a generally fuller length which makes his ability to move the ball late off the seam an even more challenging proposition, Broad is in arguably the best form of his career. <p></p> <p></p>Anderson, four years older and a swing bowler who thrives in home conditions, is closing in on 600 Test wickets, with England's all-time leading bowler clearly not done yet. <p></p> <p></p><strong>Raw pace</strong> <p></p> <p></p>World Cup winners Archer and Wood provide England with the option of genuine 90-miles-per-hour-plus pace, with speed through the air an asset even when pitch and overhead conditions favour the batsmen. Then there is Curran, whose left-arm angle adds variety to an otherwise all right-arm attack. The Surrey bowler has won every Test he has played in at home. <p></p> <p></p>Woakes, who took 5/50 in the West Indies decider, has a better home average than either Broad or Anderson, with his 81 Test wickets in England coming at just 22 apiece. <p></p> <p></p>Woakes is now more inclined to deploy a sharp bouncer, which makes it harder for batsmen to routinely push forward in the hope of blunting his movement. <p></p> <p></p>That still leaves the pace bowling of star all-rounder Ben Stokes who, as he showed before guiding England to an astounding one-wicket win with a brilliant century during last year's Headingley Test against Australia, can also drag his side back into matches by sheer force of personality with the ball. <p></p> <p></p>But the West Indies finale may serve as a model for England. <p></p> <p></p>Stokes was unfit to bowl, although he featured as a batsman, and that meant England deployed Anderson, Broad, Archer and Woakes in an attack featuring spinner Dom Bess after omitting batsman Zak Crawley. <p></p> <p></p>England could now drop Bess or still play four specialist quicks even if Stokes is fit to bowl for the first Test, which starts at Old Trafford on Wednesday. <p></p> <p></p>There were times when Archer, who clearly thrives on responsibility, was relegated to the role of first and second change during the West Indies finale and appeared to bowl accordingly. <p></p> <p></p>Archer was making his return after missing the second Test due to a breach of coronavirus protocols. <p></p> <p></p>It may be, however, that even Anderson and Broad will have to accept they cannot always be the "main men" from now on. <p></p> <p></p>England often appear so obsessed with the Ashes that the opponent in front of them becomes relegated to a warm-up act for their next confrontation with Australia. <p></p> <p></p>But this season's compressed schedule may have inadvertently given England a template for how to regain the urn Down Under in 2021/22. <p></p> <p></p>"With the talent that's waiting in the wings it's an exciting place to be and long may those headaches continue," said Root.