May 20, 2022, 10:08

    Rob Key says Ben Stokes was “prepared for an argument” about Anderson and Broad’s futures

    Rob Key says Ben Stokes was “prepared for an argument” about Anderson and Broad’s futures

    Managing Director of England Men's Cricket Rob Key has revealed that new Test captain Ben Stokes was "prepared for an argument" when the pair spoke about the futures of veteran seamers James Anderson and Stuart Broad.

    Anderson and Broad were controversially axed for England's 1-0 series defeat to the West Indies, sparking concerns over whether the duo had played their last Test. However, they are set to return this summer under Stokes' captaincy, with the all-rounder insisting it would be "stupid to never consider them for selection".

    Speaking to Sky Sports about Anderson and Broad, Key said: "He [Stokes] was sort of prepared for an argument when we spoke about it. He was like 'Right, Jimmy and Broady are coming back'. I just went, yeah no that's fine'. And then we sort of moved on."

    Key also said that while he could "understand" the decision to drop Anderson and Broad in the Caribbean, he would not have done so. "I don't look at everything as just black or white, I always look at the reason," Key added.

    "I always thought this as a pundit; if there's logic behind what they're doing to some degree, then fine, I can understand why people are doing it. There was no logic to me when England in the World Cup in 2015, dropped Alastair Cook and then brought in Gary Balance.

    "There's no part of me that can understand why you would do that. But there's part of me that can understand with Broad and Anderson away from home, getting on a bit as well when you wanted to try and find out about other people.

    "I can understand that. Doesn't mean that I would have done it – but I've shown now that they've come back."

    Speaking to Sky Sports last week, Stokes said he feels Anderson Broad remain the "two best bowlers in England". He said: "The best chance to win Test matches is by picking your 11 best players and if James Anderson and Stuart Broad are fit, they are up for selection because they are the two best bowlers in England.

    "They are two of the greats of the game and, in my opinion, it would be stupid to never consider them for selection. They are part of the best XI, so, yeah, it's pretty simple."

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