England pacer Stuart Broad has denied speculation of a rift with former Test skipper Joe Root over his omission from the West Indies tour earlier this year, remarking it would be pathetic if he were to fall out with someone not to be chosen in the team. Key England playmakers James Anderson and Stuart Broad have been left out of the squad for the three-Test series against the Windies. The series ended in a 1–0 defeat for England and led to Root stepping down as Test captain.
“Joe and I spoke at length when he stepped down as captain and I told him how much he meant to me as captain, and what a privilege it was to play under him. “He will really enjoy the next few years. All that pressure is gone now. He’s already a legend of the game so he can just go out there and enjoy it,” Sky Sports quoted the point guard as saying. “Joe and I are great friends. And I’ve always been someone who knows the difference between business and pleasure. I can’t fall out with someone because they don’t choose me in a team, that would be a bit pathetic,” he added.
The pace duo made their return to the squad for the home series against New Zealand and were instrumental in England’s five-wicket win in the first Test at Lord’s on the first posting of Ben Stokes as test skipper. Broad, 35, picked up four scalps in the game, including two in the second leg which turned the game in England’s favour. “It’s been one of the most fun weeks we’ve had as a team. I started this season not knowing if I would put on the England shirt again, I was just enjoying every day for what it was. was. Jimmy [Anderson] turns 40 this year, four years ago did he think 2018 might be his last at Old Trafford? Probably not. I will attack this week with the same mindset: I will go out on that first day, look around the stands and know how lucky I am to be here,” he said.
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“The last two years, what was it, one win out of 17, I never took test wins for granted, but there was a period when they came more often than not. and your attention can shift to the next game. Stuff that, enjoy the win and then get ready after that,” he added.
Broad noted that starting the Stokes and McCullum era with a win is huge for the team. Coming to the first Test, England won the match by five wickets, chasing the target of 277. England finished at 279/5 in 78.5 overs. Root’s undefeated 115 led the team to victory. Earlier, beating first, New Zealand were knocked out for 132. Only the all-rounders Colin de Grandhomme (42*) and Tim Southee (26) could offer some resistance as debutants Matty Potts (13/4) and James Anderson (66/4) rocked the New Zealand batting lineup with their pace.
In the second set, England fell victim to the pace of Boult (3/21) and Southee (4/55) and were victorious for 141, gaining a slim nine-point lead. In the third set, New Zealand looked struggling at 56-4 but Daryl Mitchell (108) and Tom Blundell (96) turned the game around and performed a brilliant saving act to help their side reach 285/10. This helped set a goal of 277 for England. England will face New Zealand in the second Test on June 10 at the Trent Bridge Cricket Stadium.
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