Following the shock of missing out on the England squad for the tour of the West Indies, Stuart Broad is determined to work his way back into the selectors’ favour.
With a series on home soil against New Zealand taking place in June, veteran seamer Broad will be doing all he can to line up for the Three Lions against the Black Caps.
The Shock of the Drop
Broad has admitted his admission from the squad for the West Indies tour was a tough one to take. England, who are 12/5 in the cricket betting to win the next Ashes series, appear to be in the process of rebuilding after a heavy 4-0 defeat to Australia over the winter. The cricket betting tips knew the Three Lions faced a mighty challenge to win the last Ashes series Down Under but such a heavy defeat meant there were casualties in the management and playing department. Director of cricket Ashley Giles and head coach Chris Silverwood both left their positions with the national side and it was Paul Collingwood who was given the coaching role on an interim basis for the tour of the West Indies.
After continuous batting collapses in Australia, there were suggestions some big names in the batting order might have missed out on the tour in the Caribbean. However, it was actually in the bowling department where the headlines were made for players dropped. Despite positive performances Down Under, both Broad and fellow veteran James Anderson were both omitted from the following England squad. Temporary director of cricket, Andrew Strauss, who took the reins from Giles, has been adamant that both Broad and Anderson still potentially have a future with the Test side. For Broad, it was still a shock to lose his place in the side when fully fit and raring to go to get England back on track after the disappointment of the Ashes.
Kiwi Series the Goal
Both Broad and Anderson have made it clear they still see themselves as good enough to play the Test team and the work has already begun to get back into the set-up. Broad says he will be focusing on summer cricket with county side Nottinghamshire to build up form and catch the eye of England selectors. While Anderson is still battling to get back in the Three Lions picture at the age of 39, Broad is only 35. Broad has worked hard to keep himself in good shape at the backend of his career and his 13 wickets in three matches in the last Ashes series shows he’s still a threat with ball in hand.
What looks set to be a competitive series with New Zealand in the UK this summer looks to be the perfect target for Broad to aim at a return to the Test side. Broad has been a wonderful servant for English cricket over the years but the paceman is hoping to write a few more chapters with the national side before he calls it a day.