Stuart Broad critical on England’s rotation policy; says “Test caps aren’t free and cheap”

Broad declared that he was ready to play all the seven Test matches, two against New Zealand and five against India.

English pacer Stuart Broad coming hard on England’s rotation policy said Test caps aren’t there for free and cheap. Broad also hinted at his relationship with National selector Ed Smith, while expressing concern over now injured team mate, Jofra Archer.

In an event organised by England sponsor Lifebuoy soap, Broad spoke his mind, excerpts from the same.

Relation with selector Ed Smith

Stuart Broad who is only second (517 wickets) to James Andersons’s tally of 614 Test wickets for England, was left out of first Test against West Indies, last year. Stuart Broad is expecting things with respect to rotation policy to change as England have abolished the selectors position. Coach Chris Silverwood is solely responsible for selecting England sides since April 20, 2021.

Stuart on his relationship with former England player turned chief selector Ed Smith.
“A lot of people have bosses who don’t rate them as much as other people and I think he was mine,” said Broad.

“Part of the reason I don’t play white-ball cricket any more is so I’m fit and available for Test cricket and fresh when I’m needed. Test caps aren’t there to be given out free and cheap. We work very hard for the opportunity to play Test cricket and you have to earn your stripes.”

England’s rotation policy

Rotation policy is meant to keep players fresh for a long season amid bio-bubble fatigue. Stuart’s views on rotation policy which doesn’t allow him and Jimmy Anderson to play together in a Test match even when both are fit.  “I don’t think many could argue against Jimmy (Anderson) and I being in the best bowling attack in England, but if you need to get experience and overs into bowlers that is what it is,” he said.

Broad declared that he was ready to play all the seven Test matches, two against New Zealand and five against India in this season.

Jofra Archer’s injury

Broad on Jofra Archer’s elbow injury being resurfaced –
“I’m sure the ECB (England and Wales Cricket Board) will be thinking long and hard of what the next step is, but it’s probably a little bit more intensive than rest and recoup now isn’t it?,” said Broad.

“Obviously the New Zealand and India series are huge for us but if I was looking at Jofra Archer I’d want him bowling my last over in the T20 World Cup and I’d want him playing at Brisbane.” Brisbane being the probable test venue for the first Ashes Test.

“Without being disrespectful to any other type of international cricket, you do have to get him right for the games you want him right for.”

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