Broad took to Sky Sports to record his anger and disappointment after being left out of England for the first test last summer. He made his point even more eloquently on the pitch, being named England’s player of the series a few weeks later.
While Broad is adamant he would like to play the Seven Tests during the English summer, he admits that it is not “realistic” to play every game and says he would “absolutely” understand if the leadership of the team decided to leave it aside to “gain experience” in different actors “.
“Last year I was upset because the selectors said the first summer test team would be our best team,” said Broad. “For someone who made it through the Ashes successfully, crossed South Africa successfully and stayed in shape, I felt like this was my jersey. I felt I was in the best team. So to say that I was suddenly not in the best team with my record in England, that’s what bowled me over.
“Is it realistic to play all the tests?” No. But if the communication is well done, you understand the reasons. You understand why you might miss some games to be fit for other games. This, with the experience of building in different actors.
“If I had a choice, I would like to play the seven tests. Part of the reason I no longer play white ball cricket is that I am fit and available for test cricket and fresh when I need it. But if Chris Silverwood decides he needs to get some experience with some players and take a look at a different line-up and that’s explained in a good way… absolutely, I would understand.
“I am proud to be available and ready. I play bowling well, take wickets for Notts and help win games. I don’t think much could argue against Jimmy and I being in the best bowling attack in England, but if you need it to get some experience and excess in bowlers this is what it is.
“This is when communication disappears; it’s when players can’t see the reasons or see through. “
This communication complaint appears to be firmly directed at Smith. While Broad broadly rates Smith as “a success,” he admits their own relationship was strained.” You can say [Smith’s period as National Selector] was successful in the sense that the team won matches and a World Cup, ”said Broad. And he brought some good players through.
“But from my perspective, we struggled a bit on the communication side and probably saw the game of cricket slightly differently. A lot of people have bosses who don’t value them as much as others and I think he was mine. He I probably haven’t rated myself as much as the other players.
“I really disagree with being left behind in Barbados [at the start of 2019]. This is one of the best places to bowling as a fast big bowler. And there are a few occasions where I felt a little unhappy and didn’t have the clarity of communication that I would have liked. This test that I failed at the Ageas Bowl is the only English test that I missed in what, 10 years? And it was by selection.
“I am very open to being told things. You have a face to face chat, then grab a beer and move on. This is how I like to do things. Maybe Ed and I didn’t have that kind of relationship. But he did. many for bringing in young cricketers and giving them exposure to the international scene. But he didn’t rate me too much and I just had to keep proving that point of view wrong. “
Broad, now 34, is in what he calls “the sexy phase” of his career.
“In Ryan Giggs’ last years at Manchester United he wouldn’t play every game but he would have a big impact at times,” said Broad. “I’m sure he was very clear what his role was in the team. If that means Jimmy Anderson and I are resting at times, then that’s a lot easier to handle.
“I always want to be there to help and guide the bowlers through the tryout game. We are all part of a unit that wants to improve the team more and more. But if I had a choice, I would want to play all seven.
“It’s nice to be able to share my experience. Peter Moores calls it the sexy step of your career: you know what you’re doing, you don’t have too many bad days because if you play a bad ball you know why you played a bad ball. You also share all your information on how to be competitive, how to capture momentum, how to step forward in a match.
“I’m looking at 38-year-old Jimmy. Three years ago, I wouldn’t have thought of a chance that I would approach this. Now I can sit here and think why not play and enjoy? The ECB has looked after Jimmy very well in the past few years. Whenever he had a problem or injury they rehabilitated him and gave him the chance to play more cricket. Why wouldn’t I want to have the same opportunity? Keep enjoying it, keep learning and keep winning matches for Notts and England.
“But there is a difference between being rested and being abandoned. I feel like I have had a career of abandonment and others have had a career of rest. If I can end my career with the games I miss, it is more to be rested. that let go then I’ll be a little happier. “
Lifebuoy is proud to partner with Chance to Shine, as part of its ambition to double the rate of handwashing in the UK. Stuart Broad coached schoolchildren at The Hague Primary School, as a representative of the England cricket team, of which Lifebuoy is also a partner.