Stuart Broad has admitted that he won’t be rushed into making a decision on his Test future despite a ‘disappointing’ tour of Australia so far.
Broad and fellow veteran bowler James Anderson were both left out of the first Test of the Ashes series in Brisbane, with England favouring seamers Mark Wood, Ollie Robinson and Chris Woakes.
England went on to lose the Test by nine wickets, with many pundits questioning the somewhat strange decision to leave out their two senior bowlers on a pitch which looked conducive to their styles.
After featuring in the Second match in Adelaide, Broad was again dropped for the Boxing Day Test at the MCG – a game which England lost by an innings and 14 runs after being bowled out for 68.
While there has been rumours that Broad could hang up his boots at the end of this series, the 35-year-old has revealed that he won’t be making any ‘spur of the moment calls’ on his future, while also hitting out at the decision to leave him out of two of the opening three Test matches.
‘As a wobble-seam bowler, I feel as though I missed out on two of the best wobble-seam pitches in Australia,’ he told the Daily Mail.
‘Only playing once has made this a very disappointing trip, one that has not met my personal expectations.
‘The biggest frustration is losing the Ashes, being 3-0 down and feeling like I’ve not really done anything. Not being able, as an experienced player, to influence a series while it’s live is tough.
‘Has it affected my hunger to play Test cricket? No. Looking at things pragmatically, I would argue that I won’t get a better chance to take wickets than at Brisbane and Melbourne.
‘But I must be ready for my next opportunity, whether that be in Sydney, Hobart or beyond.
‘There is a long time between now and the tour of the Caribbean in March and I have never been one to make emotional decisions.
‘So I’m not going to make any spur of the moment calls on my future. I feel fit, I’ve come back from the calf injury feeling strong and I’m taking wickets in the nets. That’s all I can do given the lack of tour games and the tight schedule.’
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