James Anderson and Stuart Broad have been controversially axed for England’s 1-0 defeat by the West Indies and the new England Men’s Cricket chief Rob Key has already reached out to the duo
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The pair were dropped for the series which England lost 1-0. Interim Managing Director Sir Andrew said the decision was made so they could “look at exciting new bowling potential and give additional responsibilities to other players who have appeared before. “
However Key that was recently Appointed Chief Executive of England Men’s Cricketwas critical of the decision while working as an expert. He told Sky Sports: “Under no circumstances are Broad and Anderson not the best bowlers, nor are they the best people.”
And according to a report by Daily Mail, he has already been in touch with Anderson and Broad to discuss their future. Though Key didn’t officially begin his new role until Tuesday, the report said he contacted the duo “on Easter Sunday before he was officially unveiled as Ashley Giles’ successor.”
It is also stated that Key “checked her availability for the first Test against New Zealand at Lord’s on June 2”, suggesting the pair are in line for a recall. Both Anderson and Broad have been open about their desire to regain their spots this summer.
“That first test is on our minds,” Anderson said last month. “Centrally signed, that’s what we should think.
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“It’s about finding a balance before that first test, playing enough but not being overworked. When I think about building up for a test series, I want to go into that series in as good shape as possible.
“The best way to do that is by playing for Lancashire and trying to win cricket matches. That’s really always been my attitude: to play as well as possible here and hopefully those performances will lead to a call-up and if not then at least we’ll have a good start to the season.”
Broad, meanwhile, wrote in the Daily Mail : “I currently do not own a shirt within the England Test team and my focus is very much on changing that by taking wickets for Nottinghamshire in the coming weeks.”
https://www.mirror.co.uk/sport/cricket/england-anderson-broad-rob-key-26750989 Rob Key 'chats with James Anderson and Stuart Broad' as the duo reflect on England