England pacer Stuart Broad expressed his frustration and anger at having his shirt taken away after not being included in the England squad for the first Test match against the West Indies at Southampton. Broad was included in the 13-man squad for the series opener that marked the return of international cricket since the coronavirus lockdown.
For the unversed, Stuart Broad alongside his new-ball colleague James Anderson is second long-standing all-time wicket-taker of the England squad. He was England’s most successful bowler during the 3-1 series win in South Africa earlier this year. Brad scrapped 14 wickets at under 20 apiece.
However, for the first on-going three-match Test series against the West Indies, England decided to drop Broad and instead picked pace attack of Jofra Archer and Mark Wood, as well as Anderson and stand-in captain Ben Stokes.
In a recent interaction with Sky Sports, Broad didn’t try to hide his emotions after being dropped from England squad. He said, “I found out about 6:00 pm the night before the game.” He further added, “Stokesy told me we were just going with extra pace in these conditions.
The 34-year old right-arm pacer said that he had also spoken to England national selected Ed Smith about the prospect of adding to his tally of grabbing 485 wickets from 138 Test matches played.
With England taking on Pakistan in the upcoming three-match series starting from September, it is likely that Stuart Broad will be included.
Broad said, “I wanted clarification about my future going forward and I was given pretty positive feedback.”
The son of former England opener Chris Broad further added that he is not an emotional person but the past few days have been quite tough for him. He also mentioned that saying he is disappointed will be an understatement.
Broad then exclaimed that he is angry, frustrated, and gutted. He said that the decision took him by surprise as he has bowled his best in the past couple of years.
Broad also showed optimism by saying that he is looking forward to the second Test match at the Old Trafford and will make sure that he is available.