James Anderson and Stuart Broad are England’s leading wicket takers in Tests.© AFP
Newly appointed England captain Ben Stokes has indicated that James Anderson and Stuart Broad will soon return to the Test squad for the three-game home game against New Zealand, starting June 2 at Lord’s. Anderson and Broad were overlooked for England’s tour of the West Indies earlier this year as selectors instead opted to provide more opportunities for the next generation of pace bowlers. England fell 1-0 to the West Indies during the series and star batter Joe Root retired as skipper shortly after the team returned home.
England have since confirmed Rob Key as the new manager of their men’s team and Stokes appointed as Test captain, as the near-term future of their two leading wicket takers looks brighter for a busy summer schedule.
For the first time since his appointment as captain on Tuesday, Stokes said he wants to bring a winning culture back to England and plans to have Anderson and Broad by his side this summer.
“I want to win cricket matches for England. The best way to do that is to choose your best team and in my opinion, if Stuart Broad and James Anderson are fit, they are available for selection,” ICC quoted Stokes as saying.
Stokes indicated he would have an important vote in deciding who would be named vice-captain of the test team, but was quick to rule out Root as an option to take on the key role as a deputy.
“I want selfless cricketers who make decisions based on winning cricket for England. Ultimately, winning is the most important thing. I want to be part of a team with that real mentality, that’s not stepping back,” Stokes added.
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