Stuart Broad would return to England against West Indies at Old Trafford after being controversially left out of the series opener with James Anderson and Mark Wood both resting for the second test
- England have designated their 13-man squad to beat the West Indies in the second test
- Stuart Broad can play a key role after being left out of the series opener
- He admitted that he was left ‘frustrated, angry and gutted’ after missing the first test
- Joe Denly is impeached while James Anderson and Mark Wood rest
- Uncapped Ollie Robinson and Sam Curran support England’s options
Stuart Broad is ready for a leading role in the second Test against the West Indies, a week after seeking reassurance about his future in England, with James Anderson and Mark Wood at ease.
Broad was left out at home in the opener of the raisethebat series for the first time in eight years, causing a stir with a grim television appearance in which he described himself as “frustrated, stripped and angry.”
England lost the game by four wickets and will take to the field at Emirates Old Trafford on Thursday morning with at least three changes to their XI, one of which will surely see Broad’s comeback as the leader of the attack.
Stuart Broad was frustrated after being released from the opener, but was able to retire on Thursday
James Anderson (L) and Mark Wood (R) are equipped for the second Test v West Indies
Captain Joe Root’s return led to the almost inevitable dropout of Joe Denly after 15 unconvincing top-level appearances, but Anderson and Wood were both left out of a 13-man squad for workload management.
As if they wanted to ram the point home, the pair were officially listed as ‘outfitted’ by the Cricket Board of England and Wales, rather than as a separate group of seven spare players.
Due to the concise nature of the schedule, a rotation policy was always predicted among the quicks, and after sending a combined 74 overs into the Ageas Bowl, Anderson and Wood were shaken out. For the record’s English wicket-holder, this means waiting for the third test to pitch from the James Anderson End at his home base.
Joe Root is back in England after missing the first test before the birth of his second child
As expected, Denly has been dropped for the second test after some poor performance
All-rounder Sam Curran and uncovered Sussex sailor Ollie Robinson were promoted in their absence, although Warwickshire’s Chris Woakes is undoubtedly next in line.
Curran offers a point difference as a left arm and his footprints can also benefit off-spinner Dom Bess, but Woakes has a bowling average of 23.45 and a batting average of 35.23 in English conditions and brings a lot of experience to bear.
As expected, Denly lost his head-to-head with Zak Crawley, who achieved England’s highest score in Southampton at 76 and, at the age of 22, appears to have a longer and brighter future than his 34-year-old Kent teammate.
Sam Curran (L) and Seamer Ollie Robinson (R) have been added to strengthen England’s options