Former England captain Nasser Hussain feels that England should go with both the senior pacers, James Anderson and Stuart Broad, in the ongoing crucial second Test of the three-match home series against West Indies at Old Trafford (Manchester).
While international cricket finally returned with the opening game of this Test series at Southampton, England suffered a four-wicket defeat against the visitors. While the 37-year-old England right-arm pacer James Anderson featured in that opening game and managed to pick up three wickets in that game, the 34-year-old right-arm pacer Stuart Broad was removed from the playing XI.
Broad’s exclusion in that season opener Test was quite surprising as he was one of the most consistent English bowlers in recent times. The right-arm pacer was England’s most wicket-taker in the Ashes 2019 at home and the Test series in South Africa. It was the first time in the last eight years when Broad missed a home Test as he appeared in 51 successive home Tests in that period.
Trailing by 1-0, England now can’t afford another defeat in the ongoing home Test series while two matches are still left, including the ongoing second Test. While the second Test at Manchester began on Thursday (16th July), the 13-man English squad was announced for this Test on last Wednesday (15th July), where Anderson was rested along with another pacer Mark Wood.
As Jofra Archer made a big mistake by breaching team’s bio-secure protocols, the 25-year-old right-arm pacer was dropped from the squad at the very last moment. This incident confirmed Broad’s return in the ongoing Manchester Test.
I have no hesitation in putting Jimmy Anderson and Stuart Broad in the same company: Nasser Hussain
However, a day before the beginning of the second Test, Nasser Hussain claimed that he wanted to see both the top two most wicket-takers for England, Anderson and Broad, in this crucial Test. Talking about this, the former English captain even considered the workload management in this shortened home summer.
Nasser Hussain wrote in his column for Daily Mail, “I didn’t turn up to too many matches against West Indies to find Courtney Walsh or Curtly Ambrose left out. I have no hesitation in putting Jimmy Anderson and Stuart Broad in the same company. After all, they have almost 1,100 wickets between them.
“Yes, if those two were past their best then move them on, but Anderson has produced some of the best numbers in his career over the last five years and Broad was England’s leading wicket-taker in the Ashes last year and in South Africa.”
Nasser Hussain added, “It is a unique situation this summer, with six Tests virtually back-to-back, and of course there will be a need for England to rotate. But if the big two are fit and ready to go then they should have both played at Old Trafford.”
Apart from Broad, the pacers Chris Woakes and Sam Curran have been added in the playing XI for the ongoing second Test along with the return of the Test captain Joe Root.