The senior England pacer Stuart Broad is very unhappy after missing out the recently-concluded Southampton Test against the West Indies. However, England’s stand-in skipper Ben Stokes has shown his entire support to the senior pacer.
In the absence of regular English Test captain Joe Root, the Test vice-captain Ben Stokes handled the leadership role during the Southampton Test.
However, the 34-year-old right-arm pacer Stuart Broad missed out that Test, and he was frustrated, angry and gutted for that exclusion. In the last season, Broad was the best English bowler in Test cricket, and that’s why many were surprised on that omission.
After losing the Southampton Test by four wickets, when the stand-in captain Stokes was asked about his view on Broad’s recent reaction after missing out the Southampton Test, the all-rounder showed full support to the senior pacer. Stokes has respected Broad’s passion for the game, who has picked up 485 wickets in 138 Tests.
Stokes said, “I’d actually be very worried if he didn’t show that passion towards not being selected. Someone who’s played that many Test matches and got that many wickets — to still see that desire and emotion is fantastic as a senior player in this team.”
We’re in a fortunate position that we’re able to leave someone out of Stuart’s quality: Ben Stokes
However, Stokes still has no regret for dropping Broad during the Southampton Test. Talking about that, the all-rounder clarified that it would send a wrong message to the other players if he had any regret to not select the experienced pacer.
Stokes added, “If I was to regret that, it sends the wrong message to the other guys I picked. We’re in a fortunate position that we’re able to leave someone out of Stuart’s quality and I thought the interview he gave the other day was fantastic, the passion he showed.”
On the final day, when England set the fourth-innings target of 200 runs for the visitors West Indies, the Caribbean team got a shaky start. The visitors were once struggling on 27/3, including another retired-hurt (opener John Campbell). However, Jermaine Blackwood fought brilliantly with the other middle-order batsmen and gradually moved the scoreboard to the target.
Blackwood was dismissed after scoring 95 runs. Also, Roston Chase (37) and wicketkeeper-batsman Shane Dowrich (20) added some crucial runs in that innings. Their batting helped the visitors to chase down the 200 runs target after losing six wickets.