(England Cricket) from a shocker of news, England Cricket Board has dropped the legendary pair of James Anderson and Stuart Broad from the West Indies tour, this decision came after the disastrous Ashes, which England lost to Australia by 4-0.
the most successful bowling pair of the test won’t be the part of the squad going to West Indies next month, apart from Anderson and Broad there are six other players as well who were part of the Ashes but won’t be flying to the Caribbean nation.
the interim management of England Cricket, Andrew Strauss, Paul Collingwood, and James Taylor has decided to give opportunities to youngsters like Saqib Mehmood and Matthew Fisher.
Anderson, is on the third number of all-time test wicket-takers with 640 wickets to his name, and in the Ashes, he played only three games and in those three games, he took 8 wickets with an average of 23.37.
Stuart Broad has taken 537 wickets in his Test career, and in the Ashes, he took 13 wickets with an average of 26.30, their performance in the Ashes may not be that good, but their career records speak for themselves.
Andrew Strauss England’s interim Managing director said “the newly convened selectors, who reportedly took input from the Test captain, Joe Root, wanted to “draw a line” under the defeat in Australia, but stressed the call to omit Anderson and Broad “does not mean the end for them as England players”,
Future of James Anderson
Although this is one tour where James Anderson won’t be part of the squad as assured by the management the road hasn’t ended for the English legend, the question here is for how long England is going to persist with Anderson.
Anderson is 39 and will be turning 40 this year so it is completely up to Anderson what he thinks of his career and how much his fitness allows him to play the game.
Omission Right or Wrong
If England’s interim management is looking at the performance of the Ashes then they need to revamp their batting which was complete lay down for the English side on the whole tour.
apart from one or two innings their opening batters failed to play starting 10 overs together, and in the first three matches, the key of English batting was held by Joe Root and Dawid Malan.
James Anderson may not have taken so many wickets but he did good in the three matches and Broad was one bowler who stands out, and moreover Anderson and Broad were the reason for the one-off draw which was pulled by England on the Aussie soil.