Stuart Broad news: ‘The decision has hit me pretty hard’ says fast bowler

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Stuart Broad

Stuart Broad admits he is “gutted” to have been dropped by England and says the controversial decision has affected his sleep.

Along with fellow veteran seamer James Anderson, Broad has been left out of the England squad for their upcoming Test series in the West Indies in a shake-up following the recent Ashes defeat in Australia.

The pair have 1,177 Test wickets between them and Broad, 35, is frustrated and at a loss to explain his omission.

Broad (left) and James Anderson (right) are England's most successful Test wicket-takers
Broad (left) and James Anderson (right) are England’s most successful Test wicket-takers (Jason O’Brien/PA)

In his column in the Mail on Sunday, Broad wrote: “The decision to leave me out of the tour of West Indies has hit me pretty hard. Not to big it up too much, but it has affected my sleep.

“I have been Test match standard for a long time and, for the last eight years, you would say world class.

“I could take being dropped if I had let my standards slip, but facing up to being overlooked when they haven’t is another thing altogether.”

Broad, who has played 152 Tests, said he was “waking up more confused and angrier with each passing day” and added: “I feel gutted.”

“Do I need to prove myself again? In my mind, I’ve nothing to prove. I am a proven performer, so it is now about the English cricketing summer and mentally and physically targeting the home series against New Zealand in June. 

“What I would say is there have been times when I have been able to answer such questions with ease. But as things stand, feeling as though I’ve performed well and deserve to be in the side makes it hard.

Broad said he was also unhappy at how the matter was dealt with, stating he had received just a short phone call from England’s interim managing director Sir Andrew Strauss.

Explaining he felt the decision was “unjust”, Broad said he was “struggling to put things into context”.

He added: “It’s hard to do so when all you’ve had is a five-minute phone call and nothing else.”