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I find it hard to put things into context: Stuart Broad

I find it hard to put things into context: Stuart Broad

The experienced speedy admits he still accepts being left out of England’s Test squad for the upcoming Caribbean tour against West Indies.

Tailoring veteran Stuart Broad admits he is still in the dark about the circumstances which led to his recent withdrawal from the England Test squad.

Despite being in good form at times during the recent Ashes series in Australia, Broad and fellow veteran James Anderson have been overlooked by selectors for England’s upcoming Caribbean tour against the West Indies.

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Broad admitted he had trouble coming to terms with being omitted and said he was disappointed with the lack of communication he received from selectors.

“I struggle to put things into context. It’s hard to do that when all you’ve had is a five-minute phone call and nothing else,” Broad wrote in a column for the English newspaper. Mail on Sunday.

“I don’t want to overdo it, but it affected my sleep. I told my partner Mollie one morning that my body was hurting me. She suggested it would be stress.

“No, I can’t pretend I’m as good as gold, because I’m not. It would be a mistake to act like everything is fine.”

Broad took 13 wickets in three Tests in Australia with a decent average of 26 and still consider themselves one of England’s best Test team.

“I’ve won 11 wickets in the last two games for the Ashes, I’ve been the standard in Test matches for a long time and for eight years you’d say world class,” Broad said.

“I could handle being let down if I had dropped my standards, but dealing with being overlooked when they didn’t is a whole other thing.

“And so, it’s even more upsetting that they don’t see me being part of their immediate plans, particularly with a view to finding a way to win away from home, which was briefly explained to me.

“Do I believe I deserve a place in England’s top team in Antigua on March 8? Of course I do. That’s why it’s so hard to fathom.”

It’s unclear what the future holds for two of England’s top speedsters, with England’s next test tour after the West Indies not coming until early June at home to New Zealand.

England Men’s Cricket acting chief executive Sir Andrew Strauss recently suggested the latest news from the squad did not necessarily mean the end of the road for the experienced duo.

“As for James Anderson and Stuart Broad, I want to emphasize that this does not mean the end for them as England players,” Strauss said.

“We believe it is important to look at exciting new bowling potential and give additional responsibility to other players who have played before. No one doubts the quality and experience that James and Stuart bring to the setup. It will be up to the new general manager and permanent head coach to decide whether they will be involved this summer and beyond.”

Broad said he will use the time away from the England facility to spend time with his family and reflect on what the future will look like.

“I spoke to my mum Carole on Friday because I wake up more and more confused and angry with each passing day, and she just advised me to take some time off, get away from the game for a bit and figure things out,” Broad added.

“Naturally people are going to ask if there was any backstage fallout, a bit of a rumble during Ashes, but I can say categorically that there is not. Therefore, neither Jimmy nor I saw this coming. were blind.”