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Stuart Broad hits out at England selectors after being dropped for first Test



‘I’m frustrated, angry and gutted’: Stuart Broad hits out at England selectors after being dropped for first Test against West Indies, adding ‘it’s quite a hard decision to understand’

Stuart Broad was omitted by England for the first Test of the summer this weekBroad took 23 wickets against Australia last year and 14 in South Africa in winterThe 34-year-old has set his sights on a recall for the second Test in Manchester 

Stuart Broad has spoken of his anger at being dropped from a home Test for the time in eight years, insisting he deserved to keep his place after his success against Australia and South Africa.

Broad, who needs only 15 more wickets to become the second Englishman after Jimmy Anderson to reach 500 in Tests, was told of his omission at 6pm on the eve of the series opener against West Indies in Southampton – and described the decision as ‘hard to understand’.

‘I’m not a particularly emotional person, but I’ve found the last couple of days quite tough,’ he told Sky Sports. ‘To say I’m disappointed would be an understatement. You only get disappointed if you drop your phone and break your screen.

Stuart Broad has spoken of his anger and frustration at being dropped by England this week

‘I’ve been frustrated, angry, gutted – because it’s quite a hard decision to understand. I’ve probably bowled the best I’ve ever bowled in the last couple of years. 

‘I felt like it was my shirt having been in the team through the Ashes and going to South Africa and winning there.

‘It is hard to take, but also I’m quite pleased I feel frustrated and gutted and angry, because if I didn’t I’d have a different decision to make. 

‘So I don’t think I’ve got anything to prove – England know what I can do. The selectors know what I can do. And when I get that opportunity again, you can bet I’ll be on the money.’

Broad’s haul of 485 Test wickets was overlooked in favour of Jofra Archer and Mark Wood

Stand-in skipper Ben Stokes informed Broad of the decision on the eve of the first day

Broad, who turned 34 last month, took 23 wickets at 26 apiece during last summer’s 2-2 Ashes draw, removing Australian opener David Warner seven times at a personal cost of just 35 runs. 

Earlier this year, he managed 14 wickets at just 19 apiece as England triumphed 3-1 in South Africa.

Mark Wood has already admitted he was surprised to be selected for this game. And Broad, while acknowledging the stiff competition for seam-bowling places in the England team, now intends to win his place back for next week’s second Test in Manchester.

‘I’ll be doing as much as I can in the next week to make sure I’m available for Old Trafford,’ he said. ‘The chairman of selectors [Ed Smith] made it clear they will be picking pitch for pitch, and went with extra pace for the Ageas Bowl.

‘That means if I get to Old Trafford and it looks like it might seam from full of a length, I might have a chance.’

Broad was England’s best bowler against Australia and in South Africa over the winter

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