Quinton De Kock’s retirement at the age of 29 may set an example for other players to retire from the longest format of the game, especially if they are 35+ like Stuart Broad. The fast bowler has not enjoyed a great outing so far. In the only test match at Adelaide till now, Broad has picked up 2 wickets only. Cricket Pundits believe that Broad’s tally of wickets column may have been better if he would have been picked for Brisbane and Melbourne tests too.
Test Cricket has always been far from easy and now the Covid era and bio-bubble environment have shown how much toll they take on players’ mental well-being. Stuart Broad in his column for Daily Mail has expressed that he will not take spur-of-moment calls on his future as the fast bowler feels himself to be fit. Broad picked up a calf injury in the second test match vs India at Lords this year and the bowler feels spirited after making a comeback.
On the quality of players in English Camp
Broad defended the quality of players that are on the Ashes tour. Critics pointed out the lack of quality, especially in the openers Haseeb Hameed and Rory Burns, who Geoffery Boycott recently called ‘walking wickets’. Broad defended that the players in the camp are of the highest quality from England and that the structure of County tournaments need not to be changed since it has produced the likes of Marcus Trescothick and Michael Vaughan.
Broad feels disappointed to have been left out from Brisbane and Melbourne as the bowler feels he could have made the difference due to his seam-bowling nature. From an injury point of view, it may have made sense to leave out Anderson from the first match, but eyebrows were raised when Broad too was left out from a seaming green pitch at the Brisbane match.
England has dealt multiple blows in the last few days as their head coach is in isolation for being Covid positive. The management wanted to bring Adam Hollioake into the setup but since he was found to be in the vicinity of a Covid positive individual, therefore plans were scrapped to get him into the setup.