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Broad 'Frustrated, Angry & Gutted' At Test Axing

Broad 'Frustrated, Angry & Gutted' At Test Axing Photo: TT
England's Stuart Broad is seen on the sidelines on the second day of the first Test cricket match between England and the West Indies at the Ageas Bowl in Southampton

England fast bowler Stuart Board has revealed his strong disappointment at being overlooked for the First Test against the West Indies at Southampton which started on Wednesday.

Broad, 34, was in England’s initial 13-member squad but didn’t make the final XI following the coin toss on Wednesday, with selectors claiming the decision was based on the pitch.

The veteran quick has played 138 Tests for his country and 485 Test wickets, so he admitted he was rattled by his non-selection, with James Anderson, Mark Wood and Jofra Archer preferred, along with spinner Dom Bess.

“I’m not a particularly emotional person but I’ve found the last couple of days quite tough,” Broad told Sky Sports.

“To say I was disappointed would be an understatement; you’re disappointed if you drop your phone and the screen breaks.

“I’m frustrated, angry and gutted. It’s difficult to understand. I’ve probably bowled the best I’ve ever bowled the last couple of years, I felt it was my shirt.

“I was in the team for the Ashes and going to South Africa and winning there.”

The West Indies are in control of the Test match, bowling England out for 204 after a rain-interrupted first day, before piling on 318 to hold a 114-run first innings lead.

England are 0-15 at stumps on day three, trailing by 99 runs, with Rory Burns (10no) and Dom Sibley (5no) at the crease.

Archer failed to take a wicket as the West Indies amassed 318, while Wood finished with 1-74.

Stand-in and all-rounder Ben Stokes was the chief destroyer with four wickets, while Anderson got three.

“You can’t argue the bowlers walking on that field don’t deserve to play,” Broad said.

“Everyone deserves to play. Chris Woakes, Sam Curran were bowling really well and probably deserve to be in the XI.

“It’s just annoying when it’s not you that’s in that XI. Very rarely do you get guys fit and available for each Test match. That’s where selection has been tricky.”

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