Former England captain Nasser Hussain believes that the team has made a mistake by dropping veteran fast bowler Stuart Broad in the ongoing first Test match at Ageas Bowl, Southampton against the West Indies. England decided to back pace as they included both Jofra Archer and Mark Wood in their final XI on the slow Ageas Bowl pitch. Both Wood and Archer are playing together in a Test match for the first time.
However, both of them were ineffective as they picked one wicket between them after conceding 135 runs in the first innings. On the other hand, Stuart Broad admitted that he was gutted, frustrated, and disappointed after being left out of the playing XI. Broad had said that he thought it was his shirt as he has been in top form.
Stuart Broad has got the experience
Broad was England’s highest wicket-taker on the South African tour as he had scalped 14 wickets in four matches. Furthermore, Broad had bowled well in the Ashes. Thus, it was a surprise when interim captain Ben Stokes decided to leave him out. In fact, Stokes had said at the toss that it was a tough call to make and Broad had taken it like a champion.
Meanwhile, Nasser Hussain feels it would have made sense if England had decided to drop Broad if they were playing on a pitch like Brisbane but it not a prudent decision to drop him when they are playing at Southampton.
“I do feel England have made a mistake by leaving him out. It’s as if they’ve chosen a side for a flat pitch overseas with the Kookaburra — not an English surface under grey skies with the Dukes.
“The conditions have cried out for Anderson and Broad to do their thing. If this was Brisbane, and you wanted to break up the two old warhorses, then I’d just about understand the logic. But we’re talking about Southampton,” Nasser Hussain wrote in his column for Daily Mail.
Stuart Broad has got all the experience under his belt and he is England’s second-highest wicket-taker in the Test matches. Broad made it clear that he was disappointed after been left out of the playing XI.
Furthermore, the lanky pacer has been in sublime form and thus it was a surprise to see his exclusion. Broad will definitely be considered for the second Test match which will take place at Old Trafford, Manchester from July 16.