Stuart Broad has said he will not take “any spur-of-the-moment calls” on his future as a Test Cricketer after a “very disappointing” tour to Australia where he has been selected in only one of the first three Tests.
Broad was the world’s leading wicket-taker in Tests in 2020 but took 12 wickets at 39.50 in 2021. He played in only seven out of England’s 15 Tests last year due to a combination of rest and rotation, a calf injury and selection decisions, and was not considered for the first and third Ashes Tests on seamer-friendly pitches.
David Warner, whom Broad dismissed seven times in the 2019 Ashes series, said after the MCG Test that it was “a great result that he’s not playing” and the decision to leave out Broad for the first Test at the Gabba came in for criticism from Alastair Cook, who said selecting him should have been a “no-brainer”. Broad turns 36 in June and has already set up a second career as a broadcaster and commentator with Sky Sports, and with Ollie Robinson – a similar style of bowler – being impressive since his debut earlier this year, his future in the Test team seems uncertain.
“As a wobble-seam bowler, I feel as though I missed out on two of the best wobble-seam pitches in Australia,” Broad wrote in his Mail on Sunday column. “Only playing once has made this a very disappointing trip, one that has not met my personal expectations. The biggest frustration is losing the Ashes, being 3-0 down and feeling like I’ve not really done anything.
Not being able, as an experienced player, to influence a series while it’s live is tough. Has it affected my hunger to play Test cricket? No. Looking at things pragmatically, I would argue that I won’t get a better chance to take wickets than at Brisbane and Melbourne. But I must be ready for my next opportunity, whether that be in Sydney, Hobart or beyond.
“There is a long time between now and the tour of the Caribbean in March and I have never been one to make emotional decisions. So I’m not going to make any spur-of-the-moment calls on my future. I feel fit, I’ve come back from the calf injury feeling strong and I’m taking wickets in the nets. That’s all I can do given the lack of tour games and the tight schedule. We spent day two of the Boxing Day Test match testing for Covid and having guys moving out of their hotel rooms, away from their families, so they were no longer classed as close contacts. When you are faffing about with external stuff like that, it drags your focus away from where it needs to be.”
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