Seamer suggests ‘communication disappeared’ when Ed Smith was national selector
Stuart Broad has suggested the “communication disappeared” when Ed Smith was national selector but insisted he would “understand” if he is left out of England’s Test side at any stage this summer.
Broad took to Sky Sports to register his anger and disappointment after he was left out of England’s side for the first Test of last summer. He made his point even more eloquently on the pitch, being named England’s player of the series just a few weeks later.
While Broad is adamant he would like to play all seven Tests in the English summer, he accepts it is not “realistic” to play every game and says he would “absolutely” understand if the team management decided to leave him out to “build experience into different players”.
“Last year I was disgruntled because the selectors had said the first Test team of the summer will be our best team,” Broad said. “For someone who had been through the Ashes successfully, been through South Africa successfully and stayed fit, I felt it was my shirt. I felt I was in the best team. So to be told I suddenly wasn’t in the best team with my record in England, that’s what upset me.
“Is it realistic I’m going to play every Test? No. But if the communication is done well then you understand the reasons for it. You understand why you might miss certain games to be fit for other games. That along with building experience into different players.
“If I had a choice I’d want to play all seven Tests. 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. But if Chris Silverwood decides he needs to get experience into some players and have a look at a different line-up and it’s explained in a good way… absolutely, I would understand.
“I pride myself on being available and ready. I’m bowling well, taking wickets for Notts and helping win games. I don’t think many could argue against Jimmy 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.
“It’s when the communication disappears; that’s when players can’t see reasons or see through it.”
That complaint about communication would appear to be directed firmly towards Smith. While Broad rates Smith’s overall as “a success”, he admits their own relationship was strained.
“You can say [Smith’s period as National Selector] was a success in the sense that the team won games and a World Cup,” Broad said. “And he brought some fine players through.
“But from my point of view we struggled a bit on the communication side and probably saw the game of cricket slightly differently. A lot of people have bosses who don’t rate them as much as other people and I think he was mine. He probably didn’t rate me as much as other players. That’s fine but I kept trying to prove some selection decisions wrong.
“I really disagreed with getting left out in Barbados [at the start of 2019]. It’s one of the best places to bowl as a tall fast bowler. And there are a few occasions where I have felt a bit disgruntled and didn’t have the clarity of communication that I would have liked. That Test I missed at the Ageas Bowl is the only English Test I’ve missed in what, 10 years? And that was through selection.
“I am very open to being told things. You have a discussion face to face and then have a beer and move on. That’s how I like to do things. Maybe Ed and I didn’t have that sort of relationship. But he did a lot for bringing through some young cricketers and giving them exposure to the international scene. But he didn’t rate me overly highly and I just had to keep proving that view wrong.”
Broad, now aged 34, is at what he terms “the sexy phase” of his career.
“In Ryan Giggs’ last few years at Manchester United he wouldn’t play every game but he’d have a big impact at certain times,” Broad said. “I’m sure it was made very clear what his role was in the side. If that means that Jimmy Anderson and I get rested at certain times then that’s much easier to take.
“I still want to be around to help and guide bowlers through the Test match. We’re all part of a unit wanting to get the team better and better. But if I had a choice I’d want to play all seven.
“It’s nice to be able to share my experience. Peter Moores calls it the sexy stage of your career: you know what you’re doing, you don’t have too many bad days because if you bowl a bad ball you know why you’ve bowled a bad ball. You’re also sharing all your information on how to be competitive, how to grab momentum, how to take a stride forward in a game.
“I look at Jimmy aged 38. Three years ago I’d have thought no chance I’d get anywhere near that. Now I can sit here and think why not play and enjoy it? The ECB have looked after Jimmy really well in the last few years. Whenever he’s had a niggle or an injury they’ve rehabbed him back and given him the chance to play more cricket. Why wouldn’t I want the same opportunity? Keep enjoying it, keep learning and keep winning games for Notts and England.
“But there’s a difference between being rested and dropped. I feel as though I’ve had a career of being dropped and others have had a career of being rested. If I can finish my career with the games I miss being through being rested rather than dropped then I’ll be a bit happier.”
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George Dobell is a senior correspondent at ESPNcricinfo
IU vs LQ, PSL 2021 – Rashid Khan on cameo
Rashid helped the Qalandars score 16 off the final over, a task never achieved in PSL history previously
Sixteen needed to win – no team in the PSL had ever chased down that many – but still, no big hits on Rashid’s mind.
“The plan that I went to the crease with, my mindset was, I am not going to play big shots here because if I did that I could’ve gotten out,” Rashid said post-match. “When I got there I thought I’ll just try and find some gaps here. The bowler was new also. If he bowled in my areas my thinking was just to try and hit gaps.”
Shadab Khan, Islamabad United’s captain, chose to go with Hussain Talat for that last over, a decision that caused surprise at the time – Shadab himself had an over left – and was criticised post-fact of the loss. Spinners don’t often bowl last overs in T20s and the dew played a part in Shadab’s decision not to bowl himself. Shadab said after the game he hadn’t bowled himself out earlier because it would have pitted him against a left-handed batter at the crease but it also later emerged that an injury to Faheem Ashraf forced them into a recalculation.
That, and that United do believe Talat is a legitimate death-overs option (he has only bowled at the death 10 innings out of 30 in the PSL and for Pakistan, but more often in the National T20). His first ball, however, a slower offcutter gave Rashid exactly the kind of room outside off stump which he loves, as well as just the start to that final over the Qalandars needed. Rashid lofted it over cover for four and didn’t look back; he repeated the shot next ball and a fortuitous third boundary left them with a simpler task.
“I was planning on looking for those gaps, but it so happened I got three boundaries off those first three balls and then we needed four off three. Definitely, in games and situations like this, you have to keep a cool mind. You have to stay relaxed. When you need six sixes, you have to go for it. Here I just needed two proper shots and you win the game.”
The cameo sealed the Player-of-the-Match award for Rashid too, his unbeaten, five-ball 15 the cherry on top of bowling figures of 4-0-9-1. Rashid had initially signed on for just a two-game contract when the season began in February-March, before joining up with Afghanistan for international duty and then to the T20 Blast with Sussex. He chose instead to extend his contract and stay on with Qalandars.
“It really was a team effort for us tonight, everyone took responsibility for the game. One guy doesn’t win you a game. The most important spell was [James] Faulkner at the top, Haris [Rauf] bowled really well through the middle, then Sohail [Akhtar] took responsibility with the bat, and Mohammad Hafeez and Ben Dunk. In T20s, you don’t win with one guy, the entire team has to do their bits collectively for it.”
PSL 2021- Faheem Ashraf to miss at least three games for Islamabad United with hand injury
He split the webbing between his index finger and thumb on his left hand while fielding on Wednesday night
“Faheem suffered a laceration to the base of the left thumb. Suturing was completed in the ER, he was given antibiotics and paracetamol and discharged into our care,” United physio Jason Pilgrim said in a statement.
Ashraf injured his hand while fielding at short fine leg during the fifth over of the chase, bowled by Hasan Ali. Ashraf had, by then, bowled his first two overs and bowled Fakhar Zaman before he walked off to get five stitches on his hand. He missed a major chunk of the game while getting medical attention and wasn’t allowed to bowl again but seeing the nature of his injury as an extraordinary circumstance, the umpires and match referee allowed Ashraf to bowl his remaining two overs – the 14th and 17th of the innings – while going off the field in between and after because he couldn’t field at all.
Ashraf conceded a combined 21 runs in those two overs and finished with 4-0-31-1. United now have to fill his position in the lower middle order with either Muhammad Musa or Akif Javed.
Ashraf has been one of the main players for United since 2018, having played 36 games until Wednesday with an impressive bowling average of 18.88 – the second-best in the league – and he is the fourth-highest wicket-taker in the league with a tally of 51 wickets and holds the tournament’s second-best bowling figures, of 6 for 19. Over the last two seasons, his batting played a role in increasing the depth in their line-up.
United are among the few teams disturbed by the postponement and shift of the PSL from Karachi to Abu Dhabi. Their roster of local players remains intact but most of their first-choice overseas players, who were around before the postponement, are not available for different reasons. They bought Usman Khawaja to replace Alex Hales, but they are also missing out on Lewis Gregory and Phil Salt, and even South Africa’s Janneman Malan, who couldn’t get an NOC from his home board.
Umar Farooq is ESPNcricinfo’s Pakistan correspondent
India Women in England 2021
‘Hopefully if my selection demonstrates anything it’s that everyone in the regions now has a chance’
Arlott, the 23-year-old Worcestershire seamer, had only the day before completed a quadruple-wicket maiden in a five-wicket haul for Central Sparks in the Rachael Heyhoe Flint Trophy at Hove, where they beat defending champions Southern Vipers.
After long drive home and unpacking her kit after at the end of “an emotional weekend” then eating dinner, she discovered she’d missed a phone call from Jonathan Finch, ECB Director of Women’s Cricket.
“I thought it was a bit weird on a random Sunday evening so I called him back straight away, and he told me the news,” Arlott said. “I don’t think I responded for a good two minutes.
“He was sat on the other end of the line: ‘I hope the silence is a good thing’. I’m probably as shocked as anyone that I got the call. I didn’t even think my name was in contention to be considered so to get the call just rounded off that weekend really.”
Knight admitted to not knowing much about Arlott until this season, while Lisa Keightly, England Women’s Head Coach, was on hand to watch her feats at Hove on Saturday.
“I’ve probably gone under the radar a little bit,” Arlott said. “Just through just playing county cricket for a couple years beforehand, I don’t think anybody had really heard of me.”
Awarded one of 41 full-time domestic contracts at Sparks this year, Arlott credits her new professionalism with allowing her to take the next step in her career.
“I’ve got to give credit to our coaching team at the Sparks, they’ve really created a purposeful training environment,” Arlott said. “Our Head Coach Lloyd (Tennant) always refers to it as we’re game players not net players, and I think that has massively paid off for us as a team, and individuals as well.
“We played our first warm up game in early March. It was freezing but it was probably the best thing we could have done as a team. You forget when you’re inside that there’s so many factors that you lose being inside in a net that we gained so quickly from just being outside.
“We’ve really worked hard in the gym, this year as well and I think that’s part of the reason why things like Saturday happen. We’re at a point where we can physically replicate and not just bowl 10 overs but bowl 10 overs with a purpose.”
If she is to break into the match-day XI to play India in Bristol, she will have done so from a squad that includes frontline seamer Katherine Brunt, the experienced Kate Cross, who is poised to play the fourth Test of her career and first since 2015, and Anya Shrubsole who missed this year’s tour of New Zealand through injury. Freya Davies, who took 4 for 23 in the second T20I in New Zealand is also in the squad, as is Tash Farrant, who earned her England recall for that tour and who has started the domestic 50-over season in fine form also.
“Hopefully if my selection demonstrates anything it’s that everyone in the regions now has a chance,” Arlott said. “I may be one of the first that have come from the RHF but actually I hope that I’m not the last by any means.
“I hope that people keep putting in performances and it shows that the system actually really works.”
Despite an increased professionalism, or perhaps because of it, Arlott has also learned not to put pressure on herself. And she believes the unexpected nature of her call-up to international level will stand her in good stead going forward.
“It’s probably the best thing that could have happened,” she said. “If it was something I expected, I think something like Saturday might not have happened where I was trying to force something.
“I’ve spent the whole of this year playing my cricket with just doing everything with a purpose but relaxing with it as well and actually I’ve found that the performances have come from just being able to enjoy the moment rather than thinking too far ahead.
“My cricket has really matured over the last couple of years. When I was younger I was quite naive and I was always searching for wickets and trying to force what would happen. I’m [now] a lot more rational with thinking on and off the pitch and I think that’s probably been a big factor in having a good start to the year.”
Valkerie Baynes is a general editor at ESPNcricinfo
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