New England captain Ben Stokes has been criticized for his decision to drop veteran bowler Stuart Broad in the first Test against the West Indies. But Stokes does not regret it. He said in the post match presentation that we consider ourselves lucky to be able to keep a player like him out of the team.
He said that if you take a decision, then you should stand with him. I am not someone who looks back and express regret.
Stokes said that this shows how strong England’s bowling is. He further said that Broad showed passion for the game even when he was out of the team. She is really awesome. I sincerely hope that if he plays the second Test, he will definitely bowl well.
Decided according to the need of the team: Stokes
Stokes said that we have decided that Pace will be more useful for us in the long format. Stuart is a great bowler and he can understand the reason. He said that if I regret this, then the other members of the team will not get the right message.
Stokes, who captained the first Test in place of Joe Root, said “we know some mistakes have happened.” We had to score runs in the first innings, no matter what the conditions were. If we would have added 60 to 70 runs, the entire stand of the match would have changed.
Broad resentful after dropping out of first Test
Broad has been unhappy ever since he was dropped from the first Test. He also said in an interview to Sky News that I am very disappointed with this decision. It is not easy for me to believe it. I probably bowled the best in the last two years. I felt as if I had a shirt in the team when I won the Ashes and South Africa.
Only ahead of Anderson Broad in terms of wickets in Tests
England had picked three fast bowlers in the first Test against the West Indies. It included Joffra Archer, Mark Wood and James Anderson. In this only Anderson is ahead of Broad in terms of wickets. Anderson has taken 587 wickets in 152 Tests, while Broad has taken 485 wickets in 138 Tests. Therefore, there was opposition to keeping him out of the team.
West Indies register first win in World Test Championship
The West Indies defeated hosts England by 4 wickets in the Southampton Test on Sunday. On the last day, he had a target of 200 runs for victory, which he won by losing 6 wickets in it. Jermaine Blackwood scored the highest score of 95 for the visiting team. It is the West Indies’ first win at the World Test Championship.
This victory earned him 40 points. He has already lost 2 Tests to India. Shannon Gabriel, who took 9 wickets in the match, was voted Man of the Match.