Stand-in captain Ben Stokes defends choice to drop Stuart Broad for first Test


Southampton, July 13

Stand-in captain Ben Stokes received’t remorse the choice to drop Stuart Broad from the facet regardless of shedding the primary Test towards the West Indies however lauded the senior pacer’s burning need to play for England.

England misplaced the series-opener by 4 wickets with Jermaine Blackwood main the West Indies to a gripping four-wicket win on the ultimate day.

Broad minced no phrases in railing the choice, saying he felt “angry, frustrated and gutted”. Stokes mentioned Broad’s response was pure.

“Stuart’s interview was absolutely brilliant. For a guy who has played over 100 Tests and taken the amount of wickets he has to have that emotion and desire still burning inside is amazing,” Stokes informed BBC Sport.

Broad has claimed 485 wickets in 138 Tests and 178 in 121 ODIs.

Stokes defended the choice for the primary Test, which marked the resumption of worldwide cricket since March.                         

“In phrases of the choice, if I used to be to remorse that it doesn’t ship an excellent message to the blokes who performed. We went with the choice that tempo would do higher for us in the long term on this sport.

“You make decisions and you’ve got to stand by them. I’m not the type of person to look back and regret them.”             

England had been bowled out for 204 within the first innings after deciding to bat in damp situations and squandered robust place on the fourth day.

“We all know the place we made the errors. You need to be ok to place first-innings runs on the board, it doesn’t matter what the situations.

“We put another 60, 70 or 80 runs on what they had to chase and it’s a completely different game,” mentioned Stokes, who led instead of Joe Root, who was on a paternity depart. PTI



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