England’s premier pacer James Anderson remarks that Stuart Broad’s snub from the first Test communicates England’s strength in the bowling department. Broad was dropped from the playing XI of the first Test match against West Indies, which is being played at the Ageas Bowl in Southampton.
Alongside Anderson, the two pacers Mark Wood and Jofra Archer were included while Stuart Broad and Chris Woakes were dropped for the inauguration match. The veteran Broad, who has represented England in 138 Tests and 121 ODIs, showed his displeasure for omitting him, saying that it’s hard to understand the decision.
“I’m frustrated, angry and gutted. It’s difficult to understand. I’ve probably bowled the best I’ve ever bowled the last couple of years, I felt it was my shirt. I was in the team for the Ashes and going to South Africa and winning there,” Stuart Broad told Sky Sports on the third day.
It’s a huge positive for the group: James Anderson
James Anderson drives out a positive outcome from Stuart Broad’s omission. He said that his junior’s desperation to be in the team reflects England’s strength in the bowling department
“He (Broad) is frustrated and disappointed to be left out, but this shows the strength we have in our bowling lineup and it is good for England that Stuart is disappointed to be left out of the team,” Anderson said after the close of play on day three of the first Test.
“He is desperate to be in this team and be a part of our success, so it’s a huge positive for the group going forward,” he added.
James Anderson picks three wickets:
James Anderson was the vital cog for dismantling the visitors on the third day of the Test match. He gave breakthroughs to the team and broke the crucial partnership between Roston Chase and Shane Dowrich for the sixth wicket.
Apart from his, Ben Stokes derailed Caribbeans, picking four wickets. On the other hand, Mark Wood and Jofra Archer who were included to intimidate the opposition with pace failed to do their jobs. Wood picked one wicket while Archer went wicketless.