The England team’s cricket coach, Chris Silverwood has recently said that the experienced bowler, Stuart Broad still has a big role to play within the side. The coach also added that he was very excited to find out that the 34-year-old bowler still had the same drive even after doing so much for the game.
Stuart Broad was part of the official England team for eight years and was not dropped out once from any home Test game. The England vs West Indies First Test match was the first home Test game the right-arm bowler was dropped out from.
Silverwood was impressed by Stuart
“What I did love about it, and subsequently the conversations I’ve had with him, is that passion. That drive is still there and to see that in someone who’s done as much in the game as he has, I find it very exciting, to be honest,” ESPNcricinfo quoted Silverwood as saying.
“And Stuart still has a big role to play within this team. I’ve made that very clear to him,” he added.
The Windies defeated England by four wickets in the first Test match, backed by the exceptional bowling by Shannon Gabriel. The victory cleared the way for West Indies team to lead the three-match Test series by 1-0.
The coach, Silverwood also said that the players needed to compete with each other to earn the place in the team as well as the side.
“We have one or two stiff bodies this morning as you can imagine. I’ve been to see the guys already. But they all seem to have come through well. We will know more after training tomorrow,” the England cricket coach said.
“We will put them through their paces and see where we are at. Nothing is a given in this team as we’ve seen and people will be playing for their spots. Everything will be considered,” he added.
Stuart was angry and frustrated
Previously, Stuart Broad has openly said that he felt angry and frustrated when he was not selected in the first Test against West Indies. The bowler did not try to hide his emotions.
“I found out about 6:00 pm the night before the game,” said Broad. “Stokesy told me we were just going with extra pace in these conditions. I wanted clarification about my future going forward and I was given pretty positive feedback,” he said.
“I’m not a particularly emotional person but I’ve found the last couple of days quite tough. To say I was disappointed would be an understatement…. I’m frustrated, angry, gutted.
“It’s difficult to understand. I’ve probably bowled the best I’ve ever bowled the last couple of years — I felt it was my shirt.”
The bowler also added that he understood the dilemma that the selectors went through.
We are also in a fairly unique position this summer,” he said. “Very rarely do you get all your bowlers fit as we’ve got at this minute. Part of my strength and durability as a cricketer is that I’ve been fit on a lot of occasions and been available for selection.”
“I felt like I deserved a spot in the team, as would anyone else.”
Looking ahead to the second Test, he added: “Now I’ll be doing as much as I can in the next week so make sure I’m available for Old Trafford.”
Ben Stokes backed his decision
However, Ben Stokes said that he does not regret the decision to leave Broad out of the team. “I don’t regret leaving Stuart Broad out, and we are fortunate to leave someone like him out. I would be upset if he didn’t show the passion he did in that interview, and he’s nowhere near done. If he plays in the second Test I hope he walks off with some wickets,” Stokes said.
It is still speculated by some cricket fans that if Stuart Broad was included in the team, the victory by West Indies could have been avoided. The second Test of England vs West Indies is scheduled to start on July 16 and will be played at the Old Trafford in Manchester.