Former England captain Nasser Hussain is unhappy to see Stuart Broad’s exclusion from England’s playing XI during the recently concluded Southampton Test against West Indies where the hosts suffered a four-wicket defeat. Hussain questioned about Broad’s omission from the squad and felt that England underestimated the Caribbean side.
International cricket just returned with the Southampton Test between England and West Indies where the hosts suffered a defeat by four wickets. In the absence of the regular Test captain Joe Root, Ben Stokes handled the Test captaincy for the England team, which was his first leadership experience for the English team.
During the Southampton Test, the trending talking point was the exclusion of the experienced English pacer Stuart Broad, who was actually the best bowler for the England Test team in the last season. Nasser Hussain has raised questions about why the England team management decided to drop Broad from the Southampton Test.
Hussain told Sky Sports, “All I would say about Broad is that if this had been the first Test of an Ashes series, would he have been playing. I would say, yes, 100 per cent? So why wasn’t he playing against the West Indies? Was it because we underestimated West Indies and took them lightly? They hold the Wisden Trophy – we have underestimated them in the past and they have beaten us, so why do it here?”
Look to the now. Win this game: Nasser Hussain
Even if the England team management took that massive decision by looking to the future, Nasser Hussain has no support as he feels that it is important to focus on the present, the three-match home Test series against West Indies, where England are now trailing by 1-0 after the first Test.
Hussain added, “Was it because they couldn’t choose between Wood and Archer and so split up Broad and (Jimmy) Anderson and said ‘look to the future’? Look to the now. Win this game. It’s a three-match series and you don’t hold the Wisden Trophy.”
It was Broad’s first home Test missing after appearing in 51 successive home Tests since 2012. While Broad was frustrated to miss out the Southampton Test, the stand-in captain Stokes respected his passion for the game.
However, Hussain still feels that the English side has the ability to return to this Test series by playing better cricket in the next two games of this series.
Hussain claimed, “I hope they don’t think ‘two wrongs make a right – Broad has had a bit of moan, maybe he should have played’. Don’t go on the press, go on what you think for the next Test. The good thing for England is that the back-up bowling – Broad and (Chris) Woakes are in reserve at the moment – has experience and a huge amount of skill and as we get to the second and third Tests that might have bearing on this series.”