Stuart Broad was dropped for the first time in a home Test since 2012. The last time he was not playing at home was because he was rested after England had already clinched the series against the West Indies. In Southampton, England opted to go with Mark Wood and Jofra Archer, as they are touted to be the future of the team.
Even though Broad’s absence cost England dearly as the West Indies picked up a healthy lead, his new ball partner James Anderson said it shows the strength of the side. Anderson also said that it is good for the team that Broad is frustrated and wants to be a part of the team’s success as it will help him performer better.
“He (Broad) is frustrated and disappointed to be left out, but this shows the strength we have in our bowling lineup and it is good for England that Stuart is disappointed to be left out of the team,” Anderson said.
“He is desperate to be in this team and be a part of our success, so it’s a huge positive for the group going forward,” Anderson added.
Archer and Wood failed to be on the mark in absence of Broad on Day 3. Both the fast bowlers bowled 24 overs each with Wood picking up the lone wicket of tailender Shannon Gabriel while Archer went wicketless. Anderson, on the other hand, picked up four wickets for England but he seemingly lacked support from the other end which was filled up by Ben Stokes’ bowling up to some extent.
Broad had reportedly spoke about the stiff competition in the England team at the moment. He is nearing his 500 Test wickets tally with already 485 to his name at an average of 28.50. He has an economy rate of 2.95 and picked up 17 five-wicket haul and two 10-wicket to his name.