England pacemaker Stuart Broad has finally reacted to his omission from the England test squad for the series against the West Indies, saying he is having a hard time putting things into context. Earlier this week, England named their squad for all three Tests against the Windies with both Broad and James Anderson left out of the squad. “I am struggling to put things in context. It’s hard to do when all you’ve had is a five-minute phone call and nothing more,” Broad wrote in a column for The Daily Mail, the ICC’s official website reported.
“Not to exaggerate too much, but it has affected my sleep. I told my partner Mollie one morning that my body aches. She suggested that would be stress. No, I can’t pretend I’m good as gold, because I don’t.” I am. It would be a mistake to act as if everything was fine,” he added.
In the ashes of five matches, Broad managed to take 13 wickets in the three Tests he played at a decent average of 26.
“I got 11 wickets in the final two Ashes matches, I’ve been the test match standard for a long time and for the last eight years you would say world class. I could accept being dropped if I had dropped my standards, but dealing with being overlooked when they haven’t is another thing entirely,” Broad said.
“Then it bothers me even more that they don’t see me as part of their immediate plans, especially with a view to finding a way to win away from home, which they briefly explained to me. Do I think I guarantee it? A place in the best team in England in Antigua on March 8? Of course it is. That’s why it’s so hard to comprehend.”
Broad has said he will use the time away from the England setting to spend time with his family.
“I spoke to my mom Carole on Friday because I wake up more confused and angry with each passing day, and she just advised me to take some time, step away from the game for a bit and figure things out,” Broad said.
“It is understandable that people ask if there has been any fighting behind the scenes, a bit of noise during the ashes, but I can say categorically that is not the case. Therefore, neither Jimmy nor I saw it coming. They were taken by surprise,” he added.
England and the West Indies will meet in three Tests, starting on March 8.
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