James Anderson and Stuart Broad, EnglandThe top two test winners of all time were the top names in a ruthless post-ash selection for next month’s tour of the West Indies.
The fast bowling greats also received no guarantees that they still had test runs.
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England, following an off-field clean-up that accounted for the head coach, assistant coach and director of cricket, also sidelined eight players following the 4-0 series loss in Australia.
In addition to Anderson, Broad and vice-captain Jos Buttler, the following players were also omitted: Dawid Malan, Sam Billings, Dom Bess, Rory Burns and Haseeb Hameed.
“With the start of a new cycle, it has allowed the selection panel to update the Test squad with a particular focus on competing away from home,” said former Test captain Andrew Strauss, who is serving as interim director of cricket following the firing of Ashley Giles, he said Tuesday.
There were also some revealing words for Anderson, 39, and Broad, 35.
“I want to stress that this is not the end for them as England players,” Strauss said.
“We think it’s important to look at exciting new bowling potential and give some additional responsibility to other players who have appeared before.
“No one doubts the quality and experience that James and Stuart bring to the England setup. It will be up to the new managing director and permanent head coach to decide if they will be involved this summer and beyond.”
However, the use of the phrases “drawing a line” and “the beginning of a process and a journey” in the team’s announcement hinted that there might be no going back on some of the big decisions, as Buttler also had a moment. hard. Under.
Anderson has taken 640 wickets in 169 Tests and Broad is second on England’s all-time list of wicket-takers, with 537 in 152 matches.
Paul Collingwood will manage the team in the West Indies in place of the late Chris Silverwood, whose assistant Graham Thorpe has also left his post.
As part of what’s being called a “red ball reset,” closer Matt Fisher is a direct beneficiary of the reset bowling attack, while starter Alex Lees was also called up for the first time on the 16-man squad.
Goalkeeper Ben Foakes returns to the squad for the first time in almost a year, when he played the fourth test against India in Ahmedabad in March.
The England team leaves on February 24 for the series of three tests.
Joe Root (Captain), Jonathan Bairstow, Zak Crawley, Matthew Fisher, Ben Foakes, Dan Lawrence, Jack Leach, Alex Lees, Saqib Mahmood, Craig Overton, Matthew Parkinson, Ollie Pope, Ollie Robinson, Ben Stokes, Chris Woakes, Mark Wood .