The veteran England fast bowler Stuart Brad has denied that his relationship with the former England captain Joe Root got affected because he was left out of the Test squad for the 3-match test series against West Indies after the Ashes.
Root and England’s interim director of cricket Andrew Strauss had decided to go into the West Indies series without two of England’s greatest fast bowlers Anderson and Broad, a decision which was widely criticized in the England cricket circles.
Anderson and Broad were later brought into the mix when Rob Key took charge as the permanent director of cricket and Ben Stokes and Brendon McCullum was appointed the test captain and the head coach respectively.
I had a long conversation with Joe Root after he resigned: Stuart Broad
According to Stuart Broad, he had a long conversation with Joe Root the day he stepped down as England test captain and he let Root know that he really enjoyed playing under him. It would have been pathetic if he had held any grudge against Root just because he dropped him for one series.
Stuart Broad, however, admitted, while speaking to the Guardian, that he was wondering a little bit about his future in international cricket at the start of this summer because he didn’t know where he stood in the scheme of things of the England test team. But, he trained with high intensity and was ready for a recall which he eventually got.
Broad was in a good rhythm with the ball in the first test of the summer against New Zealand and insisted that he would push hard again for England in the second test, which will be at his home ground Trent Bridge.
When asked if it could be his last Test at Trent Bridge, Broad said it’s something he has not thought about at all. Retirement is not on his mind at the moment and he can’t say with any certainty if it will be his last test at Trent Bridge or not.