James Anderson And Stuart Broad Dropped For West Indies Tests
CRICDOT DESK : England have dropped James Anderson and Stuart Broad, the country`s two all time leading Test wicket takers, for their tour of the West Indies as part of a major shakeup of the troubled team. Anderson, who has 640 Test wickets, and fellow pace bowler Broad, who has 537 scalps, are among eight players axed from the group that featured in England`s shambolic Ashes series loss in Australia.
England wicket keeper batsman Jos Buttler has also been left out, while there are first callups for Durham opener Alex Lees and Yorkshire seamer Matthew Fisher. Dawid Malan, Sam Billings, Dom Bess, Rory Burns and Haseeb Hameed are the other players dropped following England`s 40 defeat in Australia.
Lancashire pair Saqib Mahmood and Matt Parkinson join the overhauled 16man squad for the threeTest series.
Surrey wicketkeeper Ben Foakes returns to the squad for the first time since playing in the fourth Test against India in March 2021. Andrew Strauss, interim managing director of England men`s cricket, interim head coach Paul Collingwood and head scout James Taylor wielded the axe following one of England`s most embarrassing Test tours in recent memory.
Head coach Chris Silverwood, assistant Graham Thorpe and director of men`s cricket Ashley Giles had already been removed from their roles as a result of the on and offfield turmoil in Australia. “With the start of a new cycle, it has allowed the selection panel to refresh the Test squad with a particular focus on competing away from home,” Strauss said Tuesday of the ruthless cull.
“We felt that it was time to draw a line after the Ashes defeat, look forward and give some impetus with an influx of new players,” the former England captain added. `New bowling potential`
Anderson, 39, and Broad, 35, played reduced roles against Australia, featuring in three games each out of five, were also responsible for some of England`s better moments. Anderson topped England`s bowling averages with his eight wickets costing just 23.37 apiece, while Broad took the tourists` first fivefor of the trip in Sydney.
Strauss insisted Anderson and Broad could still have a part to play for England in the future despite their unexpected exiles. “In respect of James Anderson and Stuart Broad, I want to emphasise this does not mean the end for them as England players,” he said. “We feel that it is important to look at some exciting new bowling potential and give some added responsibility to other players who have featured previously.
“There is no doubt about the quality and experience that James and Stuart bring to the English setup. ‘It’s up to the new managing director and permanent head coach to decide if they’ll be there after this summer. Hopefully Lee will help stabilize the ship after leading the Australian Lions team and showing his potential in the County Championship.
28-year-old 625 run scored in last year’s championship campaign The peak tally was 129. The 24-year-old Fisher won 20 County Championship wickets because it’s a difficult order to replace Anderson and Broad. Last season Yorkshire was in the limelight as part of a new generation. I took a bath and won the championship firmly.
“This team’s choice is the beginning of the process and journey to get the England test cricket back where it’s needed, and the hard work begins now,” Strauss said. England’s first test against the West Indies in Antigua begins on March 8.