Broad not done with ODI cricket
England fast bowler Stuart Broad finished the the recent Test Series against Sri Lanka with 12 wickets, second only to England's number one strike bowler James Anderson, but has been excluded from England's ODI squad.
Broad has played only two ODIs since the World Cup in 2015 and admits that based on the amount of white ball cricket he has played, he doesn't deserve to be in the England squad.
The England paceman opened up about his exclusion in a recent interview with All Out Cricket, saying: “It’s tricky because I haven’t played any white-ball cricket.
"I think I saw a quote saying this squad had been picked on merit and I can't argue with that at all because it's not as if I've gone out there and taken a certain amount of white-ball wickets. I'm going to have to find a way to do that."
England have a, roughly, six month gap in their Test schedule at the start of 2017 and it is this chunk of time that Broad is looking to, to help force his way back into the England ODI setup, saying: "I'm going to look at scheduling, whether it's home or abroad, to try to play some white-ball cricket and there might be a decent opportunity after Christmas this year because there's not a lot of Test cricket then until I think July.
"The only way I'll get back is by playing white-ball cricket and that's the only way my skills will improve, too."
The right-arm fast bowler has targeted domestic 50-over cricket as the path back into ODIs, effectively ruling himself out of competing in both Australia's Big Bash League and the Pakistan Super League.
England's domestic competition, The Royal London One Day Cup, will take place in April and May next year, providing Broad with an excellent platform to push for a place in the 2017 ICC Champions trophy.
The quick will be looking to impress the selectors, knowing his Test form will not earn him a spot in the ODI squad: "I'm going to have to carefully plot how to do it and the schedule next year might massively work in my favour because I think the Royal London Cup is going to be played more in a chunk at the start of the season and I think the Twenty20 competition is played in a chunk too,
"Whereas this year there's no 50-over cricket for me to play to put my name in the hat. If I suddenly have a belting six weeks of 50-over cricket people might say, 'Actually this bloke can bowl with the white ball. He has got a hundred-odd ODIs behind him and he could still be in the frame.'"
With old hands Alastair Cook, Ian Bell and James Anderson having all but given up on ODI cricket there is a changing of the ODI guard underway but Broad is reluctant to be put out to pasture, saying: "I'm still only 29 but because I've played a lot of my cricket with Belly and Jimmy who are a bit older I sort of get put in that category,
"A lot of people have played at World Cups at 32 and that's certainly not an old age for a cricketer so I've got huge goals to be a part of that and have to pick some stuff to get involved in."
Broad may be presented with another opportunity to play white ball cricket, as the ECB are set to stage a North vs South series, in Abu Dhabi next March as England look to strengthen their One Day reserves with a strength vs strength match in the mould of US sport's Allstars contests.
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