The England cricket team has always created controversies due to the heat they feel both on and off the field. Recently in the England vs West Indies Test series’ first match, the 34-years-old bowler Stuart Broad was dropped from the team. It has happened for the first time in eight years when the legendary pacer did not play in the home Test of the country. Ben Stokes and Stuart Broad had previously got into fights which might have resulted to this after Ben became the captain.
While the stand-in captain Ben Stokes has said that Broad was being omitted in favour of James Anderson, Jofra Archer and Mark Wood as they were fast bowlers and would perform well in the Southampton pitch.
Stuart did not take the news well
Stuart Broad did not take the news sportily and did not try to hide his anger and frustration. “I’ve found the last couple of days quite tough, to say I’m disappointed would be an understatement,” he had said.
However, cricket fans are leading this with an incident that happened in 2019 during the First Test of England against South Africa when Ben Stokes and Stuart Broad got themselves into a nasty on-field spat.
The clash that started the controversy
In the said match, Joe Root, the then captain and Jos Buttler were sick and missed the game. England vice-captain Ben Stokes and the senior fast bowler Stuart Broad got into a clash at Centurion. Though the reason behind the spat is still unclear but Stokes was seen having a go at Stuart in England’s team huddle after they successfully dropped a South African wicket on the third day.
The then commentator and former England captain, Nasser Hussain assessed the incident and thought Stuart must have said something in the huddle that did not go well with Stokes.
“England’s hot in the weather and not feeling well. I’m pleased that a few words were exchanged, to be honest. (They’ve) got a problem with each other, Broad has said something in the huddle that Stokes is not amused with and England’s vice-captain picks him up on it. I don’t mind that at all,” said Hussain.
“Well that doesn’t look like a very friendly conversation, does it?” West Indies legend Michael Holding said. “I’m not sure what started it, but hopefully it will end soon.”
Stokes and Stuart were later on seen bumping fists, which is considered to be a welcome sign for the England fans. However, this did not lessen the brawl that happened as the individuals involved in the incident were huge. While Broad had played 135 Tests for England, Ben Stokes played a huge role in helping the team win their maiden World Cup the same year.
The controversy continues
In the first match of the Test series against West Indies, Joe Root couldn’t lead the team as he was expecting his second child. As a result, Ben Stokes captained the team and Stuart Broad was dropped from the game.
After England lost to West Indies by four wickets, Stokes was asked whether he regrets the decision to drop out Stuart, to which the stand-in captain said he stands strict to his previous decision.
“In terms of the selection, if I was to regret that it doesn’t send a very good message to the guys who played. We went with the decision that pace would do better for us in the long run on this game.
“You make decisions and you’ve got to stand by them. I’m not the type of person to look back and regret them.”
“We all know where we made the errors. You have to be good enough to put first-innings runs on the board, no matter what the conditions.
“We put another 60, 70 or 80 runs on what they had to chase and it’s a completely different game,” said Stokes.
However, the Ben Stokes and Stuart Broad controversy is far from stopping as it seems as of now. The duo will be seen playing in the second Test match against the Windies on 16th July.