James Anderson and Stuart Broad are arguably two of the greatest pacers to have played for England. Over the years, they have won numerous games for the Three Lions. However, both of them weren’t selected for the three-match Test series against the West Indies.
This managed to shock everyone as they have been an integral part of England’s Test team. Nevertheless, they lost the series by 0-1. As Ben Stokes was recently named the new Test skipper, he was reportedly adamant about having Anderson and Broad back in the side.
As a matter of fact, ECB’s managing director Rob Key had recently stated that both of them are eager to represent England once again. Hence, Anderson recently spoke about how he and Broad were hoping that their careers weren’t over. He also said that he was glad to get the clarity.
“Stuart and I were hoping our careers weren’t over. So it’s nice to hear there’s a chance. It still means we’ve got to put in some performances here with our counties to prove that we’re playing well enough to get in that final 11. Because of the situation and not having people in these roles, you’re just so unsure of what’s going to happen. So now having that clarity is really nice,” said James Anderson while speaking to the BBC.
England’s form in the longest format hasn’t really been great of late. In their last 17 Tests, they have only managed to win one out of them. Amidst their poor performances, Joe Root decided to step down as England’s Test captain. Thus, Stokes was named the new red-ball skipper of the English side.
As for Anderson and Broad, they have picked 1,117 wickets between them. Despite being on the wrong side of the 30s, both of them have been at their absolute best, and have always delivered for their side. The English summer isn’t going to be easy for the Brits as they are set to play a three-match Test series against New Zealand, as well as the rescheduled Test against India. Thus, it will be exciting to see if Anderson and Broad feature in these games.