Last Update on: December 13th, 2021 at 11:32 am
England head coach Chris Silverwood has confirmed that veteran pacers James Anderson and Stuart Broad are fit and are available for selection for the second Ashes 2021-22 Test against Australia.
Senior pacer Anderson was rested for the Gabba Test against Australia to manage his workload ahead of the pink-ball Test in Adelaide which will begin from December 16. Also, Broad was not included in the playing XI and instead of him spinner Jack Leach was picked in the playing XI and several cricket experts criticised this move by England.
Australia won the opening Test of the Ashes 2021-22 comfortably by 9 wickets to get the 1-0 lead in the series.
Meanwhile, on Sunday Silverwood said that Anderson and Broad have been training with the pink ball behind the scenes.
“Jimmy will be fit and ready to go for the second Test, as will Stuart, They are available. Certainly, from an experience point of view, with the bowlers we’ve got heaps of experience so I’m happy with that.
“The guys have already been training with the pink ball behind the scenes. And what we have got is a very skilful set of bowlers. We have talent and we still have two of the best up our sleeve as well,” Chris Silverwood said.
Obviously, Stuart Broad Was Disappointed Not To Be Playing – Chris Silverwood
England head coach also said that Broad was disappointed to miss out on the first Test but they had a conversation with him and he was “100 per cent on board.”
“Stuart has been great, to be honest,Obviously he was disappointed not to be playing but he understood that this is a long series. Everybody will put their hand up to do the hard work out there and he is ready to do that now. We had good conversations with Stuart before any decisions were made and he was 100 per cent on board.
“I’ve not told anyone they are playing yet. We will have some sore bodies from this Test and we’ll make decisions from there,” Chris Silverwood added.
Silverwood also said that they have a good team that can make a strong comeback against Australia in the marquee Ashes series.
“We had a good chat in the dressing-room after, There are obvious areas we need to improve on, such as holding our catches and building big partnerships. Obviously they were hurting, but there is belief they can win this series.
“We have been in this position before. We have gone 1-0 down and then bounced back. We have the players here that can match the Australians. The confidence is there that we can compete with Australia, and that’s exactly what we intend to do,” he maintained.
Notably, England were fined 100% of their match fee for maintaining a slow over-rate in the Gabba Test and they have been penalised with five points off the World Test Championship.
“What hurts the most is the Test championship points, because we are competing to get in the final, It was our first Test for a while, and we had not had that warm-up game, so the guys were not used to getting around all the time, and it was hot out there. It is something we will talk about. There is no hiding from it.”
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