James Anderson wants back under Ben Stokes: ‘Stuart Broad and I were hoping our careers weren’t over’ | Cricket News


James Anderson and Stuart Broad, England’s all-time leading Test wicket-takers, were dropped from the squad for the West Indies tour in March; Rob Key, the ECB’s new chief executive, told Sky Sports this week the pair could play for England this summer

Last update: 30/04/22 08:15

James Anderson would love to return to England Test setup

James Anderson wants to return to the England Test squad under new captain Ben Stokes after being left out of the squad controversially.

Anderson and Stuart Broad, England’s all-time leading Test wicket takers with 1,177 wickets between them, have been left out of the 16-man squad for the three-Test tour of the West Indies in March, which the team has lost 1-0.

Rob Key, the new ECB Director General, said sky sports this week that the pair could play for England this summer and wanted to get involved.

“Stuart and I were hoping our careers weren’t over, so it’s nice to hear there’s a chance,” Anderson told the BBC.

“It still means we have to put in performances here with our counties to prove we’re playing well enough to get into this Final 11.

“Because of the situation and not having people in those roles, you’re so unsure what’s going to happen. So now having that clarity is really nice.”

England unveiled Stokes as Test captain on Thursday, hoping for a quick turnaround after a tame end this month to Joe Root’s five years in charge.

Stokes’ first assignment will be a two-game home series in June against New Zealand.

Former England captain and Sky Sports Cricket expert Nasser Hussain agrees Ben Stokes is the best candidate to lead the Test team and his advice is to do it his way.

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Former England captain and Sky Sports Cricket expert Nasser Hussain agrees Ben Stokes is the best candidate to lead the Test team and his advice is to do it his way.

Former England captain and Sky Sports Cricket expert Nasser Hussain agrees Ben Stokes is the best candidate to lead the Test team and his advice is to do it his way.

Stuart Broad and James Anderson ‘available’ for selection

Asked if Broad and Anderson will play for England this summer, Key said Sky Sports News“Yes, they will.

“Before it was announced that I was doing this job, I called them and told them both that – in my opinion – you are both available for selection.

“‘I can’t promise you’re going to play, all that stuff, you’re just available for selection’. Then Ben Stokes was very clear that he wanted Jimmy and Broady back.

James Anderson and Stuart Broad won the County Championship wickets on the day Rob Key, the new chief executive of England men's cricket, said they would be available for Test selection this summer.

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James Anderson and Stuart Broad won the County Championship wickets on the day Rob Key, the new chief executive of England men’s cricket, said they would be available for Test selection this summer.

James Anderson and Stuart Broad won the County Championship wickets on the day Rob Key, the new chief executive of England men’s cricket, said they would be available for Test selection this summer.

“Now it will be purely about what is the best eleven to win that first Test match, nothing more and nothing less. If they are in there, chances are they are because they are two great bowlers, so they will play.”

The news came on the day Anderson took three wickets for Lancashire against Hampshire, and Broad, playing his first game of the season, struck once for Nottinghamshire against Worcestershire.

Key said: “They just want to continue this journey that they’ve been on [with England]. They didn’t want it to end the way it might have. They were obviously both very happy to be selected for this first test match.”




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