Andrew Strauss insists he has no regrets about Stuart Broad and James Anderson glitches

Sir Andrew Strauss has defended the decision to remove James Anderson and Stuart Broad, stressing that there are “a lot of positives from it”, despite criticism of the move.

He controversially dropped both Stuart Broad and James Anderson for their tour of the West Indies
He controversially dropped both Stuart Broad and James Anderson for their tour of the West Indies

England interim chief executive officer of Sir Andrew Strauss defended the controversial decision to remove both James Anderson and Stuart Broad for their tour of West Indiesdespite the trauma issues that have plagued the series thus far.

Ollie Robinson missed the first test after suffering a back spasm and was unable to recover in time for the second. Mark Wood also suffered an elbow problem during the first test that could have kept him out for the rest of the tour.

Craig Overton, who opened bowling with Chris Woakes in Antigua, also missed the Second Test after falling ill, when England assigned Test debuts to Saqib Mahmood and Matthew Fisher. Despite the series of problems that affected the British maritime offensive, Strauss insisted he had no regrets about leaving Anderson and Broad.

Strauss said of the decision: “I think the reaction is quite predictable. “You don’t do these things because you’re worried about what the reaction is, you do them because you think it’s the right thing to do.

“It’s great to see Matt Fisher and Saqib Mahmood being part of the England squad. I think we’re learning about them all the time and they feel more and more comfortable in this group.

“As we said at the beginning, it forces some of our senior players into slightly different roles. It’s early days but the feedback I’ve been getting from the dressing room is that they’re accepting. take the challenge without those senior players involved and I think the attitude, the willingness to work hard, the spirit and the solidarity that comes together in Antigua.

Britain’s interim chief executive, Sir Andrew Strauss


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“We didn’t get the results we wanted, but there were a lot of positives that came out of it.” Strauss also revealed that he expects a new permanent head coach to be replaced before England’s first home game of the year against New Zealand in June.

“The ambition is definitely to have a Test coach on the first Test of the summer,” he explains. “With recruiting, there are all sorts of moving pieces, including the timing of the announcement. I don’t think we can say that explicitly, but it’s ambitious.”

Strauss was also asked about the prospect of splitting the head coach role between red and white cricket and admitted he would love to see England do it. He said: “Ultimately, it will be the cricket director’s new decision. My view is that it’s time to go down that road.

“We have a unique schedule in this country. It’s very difficult to plan, prepare, play and consider for a coach to do all the formats. There is an opportunity for us to achieve some. achievement in that respect. But again, that should be the case for the new director of cricket.”

Regarding his own future, Strauss added: “I haven’t really considered that. I have unique personal circumstances that make it difficult to do that role, and quite frankly there’s always value. in getting a new perspective and new perspectives.

“Nothing always stays the same or goes backwards. I’m sure there will be some good candidates for the role.”

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