Ben Stokes Has “No Regrets” On Stuart Broad Decision
Ben Stokes, England’s stand-in skipper for the first Test match against the Windies doesn’t lament or regret the fact that he left out veteran 34-year-old fast bowler Stuart Broad out of the playing eleven at Southampton.
Stuart Broad has taken 485 test match wickets. Leaving him out created a lot of criticism from ex-players and social media. However, Ben Stokes says he has “no regrets.”
After not being picked by Ben Stokes, the 34-year-old Stuart Broad lashed out saying that he played a key role in the 2019 Ashes. He was also England’s highest wicket-taker in South Africa. Ben Stokes was happy to see Broad’s passion in the interview. However, he felt that it would have not gone down too well with the current team and the players selected for the first Test.
Had Ben Stokes have picked Stuart Broad, how would Mark Wood have felt? Mark Wood has had a fantastic last 12 months as well.
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Ben Stokes ” I don’t regret leaving Stuart Broad out, and we are fortunate to leave someone like him out. I would be upset if he didn’t show the passion he did in that interview, and he’s nowhere near done.”
If he plays in the second Test I hope he walks off with some wickets,” Stokes was quoted as saying in the post-match press conference.
Ben Stokes “We made a decision based around thinking pace was going to stand us a better place in the long game. Stuart is a fantastic bowler and he understands the reasons why.”
If I was to regret that, I don’t think that sends the right message to the other guys I picked. Looking at the interview he gave I thought it was absolutely brilliant, to see the desire and passion that he showed,” he added.
The ploy to go in with Mark Wood’s pace over Broad’s experience and skill backfired
England’s strategy to go in with more pace over experience seems to have not gone down well with many who saw the game. Mark Wood was the lucky one. He got the nod ahead of Stuart Broad for the first Test against Windies.
Everyone was of the opinion that Broad could have been a force in the second innings. However, players like Wood and Dom Bess couldn’t create much impact. Broad has got a tremendous amount of experience. Plus he has the ability to reverse swing the ball that may have been handy in West Indies’ second innings.
Oh, Ben Stokes. Captaincy is tough. Clearly, Stuart Broad didn’t take his non-selection well. However, Ben Stokes is brushing away that aspect by saying that Stuart Broad was left out of the side solely based on the conditions. The pitch on offer at the Ageas Bowl in Southampton was the deciding factor Ben Stokes mentioned.
His philosophy was to pack the team with pace. This backfired though and to be fair it was his first game as a skipper in Test cricket. As a result, Ben Stokes should have received much less criticism. One decision based on picking Stuart Broad should perhaps not cop as much flak as it did.
Brilliant Windies prove to be good for the hosts at Southampton
Fantastic performances with the ball by Jason Holder and Shannon Gabriel propelled the West Indies. Plus, the batting brilliance of Roston Chase, Kraigg Brathwaite and the match-winning knock of 95 from Jermaine Blackwood. All combined to ensure that the West Indies won the first test match at the Ageas Bowl.
This result many experts feel isn’t that much of a surprise. This is because England’s Test match performances have been on the downward spiral in the past few years. They infarct lost the Test series in the Caribbean in 2019 and looked quite out of place in that series.
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Jofra Archer was bowling with serious venom on day 5. Therefore, someone like Stuart Broad who has got a fantastic record in the second innings with his ability to reverse swing the ball could have been a handful for the Windies batsman. Stuart Broad may have helped England win the game.
England would look at welcoming their regular Test skipper Joe Root back into the team for the second Test. They might also pick Ben Foakes instead of a completely out of form Jos Buttler. Whether or not Broad’s unhappiness over missing out at Southampton leads to his inclusion in the upcoming matches is yet to be seen. Will Ben Stokes’ decision to leave Stuart Broad out affect Joe Root’s thinking?
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