The 34-year-old England fast bowler Stuart Broad is frustrated, angry and gutted for missing out the ongoing Southampton Test against West Indies.
International cricket has just returned with the Southampton Test between England and West Indies, which began on this Wednesday (8th July). In the absence of the regular Test captain Joe Root, Ben Stokes is leading the English Test team, which is also his first captaincy experience in international cricket.
While the experienced pacer James Anderson, Mark Wood and Jofra Archer have been selected as the pacers along with the all-rounder Stokes, Stuart Broad has missed out this opening Test. Broad is feeling very much frustrated, angry and gutted due to missing this Test, despite his positive fitness and form. Apart from finishing as the second-most wicket-taker in the Ashes 2019 (23 wickets), Broad was also the joint second-most wicket-taker during the four-match away Test series against the hosts South Africa (14 Tests).
Ahead of the day three of this Southampton Test, Broad told Sky, “I’m not a particularly emotional person. But I’ve found the last couple of days quite tough. To say I’m disappointed would be an understatement. You only get disappointed if you drop your phone and break your screen.
“I’ve been frustrated, angry, gutted – because it’s quite a hard decision to understand. I’ve probably bowled the best I’ve ever bowled in the last couple of years. I felt like it was my shirt having been in the team through the Ashes and going to South Africa and winning there.
“So it is hard to take but also I’m quite pleased I feel frustrated and feel gutted and angry because if I didn’t I’d have a different decision to make. So I don’t think I’ve got anything to prove – England know what I can do. The selectors know what I can do. And when I get that opportunity again you can beat I’ll be on the money.”
While it is Broad’s first home Test missing in last eight years, after featuring in 51 consecutive home Tests, he is England’s most Test wicket-taker and third most Test wicket-taker in overall from January 2019 (52 wickets in 14 Tests).
It’s great to see strength and depth in the fast bowling ranks: Stuart Broad
Talking about his missing out the ongoing Test, Broad also praised the present team strength and depth, as most of the players are fit due to the recent 4-5 months break amid coronavirus pandemic.
Broad claimed, “Very rarely do you get guys fit and available for each Test match. That’s where selection has been tricky. That’s where it has been tough and that’s where it’s frustrating when you don’t play. But also you can’t argue the bowlers walking on that field don’t deserve to play as well, everyone deserves to play. It’s just annoying when it’s not you that’s in that XI.”
“It’s great to see strength and depth in the fast bowling ranks. It’s the only way that England cricket moves forward and gets better. And with high competition in squads it keeps the standard high and it allows the players to play under pressure. Everyone is under pressure for their spots.”
The present 13th-ranked Test bowler Stuart Broad is the second-most wicket-taker in England’s Test cricket history (485 wickets) as well as international cricket history (728 wickets).
Broad is now desperate to return in the next Test of this three-match series, which will be played at Old Trafford (Manchester) from 16th July. This venue will also host the last match of this series which will begin on 24th July.