England drops Jimmy Anderson and Stuart Broad ahead of the West Indies series
Legendary duo Jimmy Anderson and Stuart Broad has been dropped from the England team!
After a horrible performance in Australia, England needed to take some bold decisions but many believes that they have taken a stupid decision ahead of the West Indies series. Jimmy Anderson and Stuart Broad are definitely not getting any younger and leaving them out for West Indies justifies but the word that is circulating in the media is that the duo has been ‘dropped’.
Now, let’s be clear on one thing that Jimmy Anderson is still the best English fast bowler. With 640 wickets under his belt, he is the leading wicket-taker for the country and Stuart Broad with 537 wickets is at the second position. New talents of course deserve a chance and it is okay to take a new direction but not by dropping two of your finest bowlers who have served the nation for such a long period of time.
Not just them, six other players have been axed by the team management as wicket-keeper batsman Jos Buttler, Dawid Malan, Dom Bess, Sam Billings, Haseeb Hameed and Rory Burns has also been dropped after that shambolic defeat in Australia.
Coach Chris Silverwood has also handed his resignation and other important dignitaries in the board has also left the building. Former England International, Paul Collingwood will be the interim coach for the tour. He will have a huge responsibility of bringing back the winning mentality that has been missing in the England team.
Andrew Strauss, former England captain and the interim managing director of England’s men team justified the selection in the press by saying, “With the start of new cycle, it has allowed the selection panel to refresh the Test squad with particular focus on competing away from home”. He added, “We felt that it was time to draw a line after the Ashes defeat, look forward and give some impetus with an influx of new players”.
Strauss cleared that this is not the end of Jimmy Anderson and Stuart Broad. “In respect of James Anderson and Stuart Broad, I want to emphasize this does not mean the end for them as England players. We feel that is important to look at some exciting new bowling potential and give some added responsibility to other players who have featured previously”.
He added, “No one doubts the quality and experience that James and Stuart bring to the England set-up. It will be up to the new managing director and permanent head coach to decide on whether they will be involved this summer and beyond”.
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