James Anderson and Stuart Broad have been dropped for England’s outing toward the West Indies as the aftermath from a shambolic Ashes visit go on yet Andrew Strauss, the ECB’s break head of cricket, has said the choice “doesn’t mean the end for them as England players”.
The 4-0 lowering in Australia has effectively seen Ashley Giles, Chris Silverwood and Graham Thorpe lose their positions as a feature of the care staff and presently England’s two driving wicket-takers in Test cricket have been unloaded by a determination board including Strauss, Paul Collingwood, lead trainer for the Caribbean visit, and James Taylor, a selector.
Given England’s troubles in Australia owed a lot to the disappointments of their batting, it is a huge call. Anderson arrived at the midpoint of 23 in his three Test matches in the Ashes – and midpoints 22 since the beginning of 2020 – while Broad found the middle value of 26 from three games and took a five-wicket pull in the fourth Test. Nor were utilized sagaciously in Australia. Both were avoided with regard to the initial Test at the Gabba, in conditions that fit them, and Broad passed up a great opportunity at the MCG on a surface tailor made for his bowling.
It is not yet clear whether this is the end for Anderson and Broad in England tones. In an official statement, Strauss, who will address the media at Lord’s on Wednesday (January 9), said it would be up to the extremely durable overseeing chief and lead trainer to settle on the drawn out fates of the accomplished team. “In regard of James Anderson and Stuart Broad, I need to underline this doesn’t mean the end for them as England players,” the assertion read.
“We feel that it is critical to see a few invigorating new bowling potential and give some additional obligation to different players who have highlighted beforehand. Nobody questions the quality and experience that James and Stuart bring to the England set-up. It will be up to the new overseeing chief and super durable lead trainer to settle on whether they will be involved this mid year and then some.
“This determination of this crew is the beginning of a cycle and an excursion to get England Test cricket back to where it should be, and the difficult work begins now.”
There are six different setbacks from the Ashes visit. There is no spot in the 16-man crew for Dawid Malan, Dom Bess, Sam Billings, Rory Burns, Jos Buttler or Haseeb Hameed. There are first call-ups for Durham opening player Alex Lees and Yorkshire quick bowler Matthew Fisher while the uncapped Lancashire couple of Saqib Mahmood and Matt Parkinson are likewise included. Ben Foakes has been reviewed and will be the best option wicket-manager.
Of the individuals who were essential for the crew in Australia, Joe Root and Ben Stokes will lead the crew in the Caribbean while youthful players Zak Crawley, who intrigued with 50 years at the MCG, Ollie Pope and Dan Lawrence hold their places close by the more experienced Jonny Bairstow. Chris Woakes and Craig Overton are the quick bowling all-rounders while Ollie Robinson and Mark Wood complete the bowling stocks. Jack Leach accomplices Parkinson as the other spinner in the party.
Squad for WI tests : Joe Root (C), Jonny Bairstow, Zak Crawley, Matthew Fischer, Ben Foakes, Dan Lawrence, Jack Leach, Alex Lees, Saqib Mahmood, Craig Overton, Matthew Parkinson, Ollie Pope, Ollie Robinson, Ben Stokes, Chris Woakes, Mark Wood