The repercussions from England’s catastrophic Ashes trip have reached the dressing room, with James Anderson and Stuart Broad, the country’s two greatest wicket-takers in Test cricket, being left out of the team for the next West Indies visit.
A temporary selection committee that includes the likes of James Taylor, Andrew Strauss and Paul Collingwood, has taken the decision to give a chance to younger bowlers, and neither Anderson nor Broad, the most successful new-ball pair in Test history, will travel to the Caribbean for the three-Test series.
According to ESPNcricinfo, Andrew Strauss gave important insights behind this move.
“I want to emphasize that this does not imply that James Anderson and Stuart Broad’s careers as England players are over. We believe it is critical to consider some interesting new bowling talent while also giving further responsibilities to existing players who have previously appeared. No one can deny James and Stuart’s ability and experience in the England setup. The new managing director and permanent head coach will have to determine whether or not to participate this summer and beyond. This squad’s selection marks the beginning of a process and a journey to restore England’s Test cricket to its former glory, and the hard work begins now”, Strauss stated.