London: Former England skipper, cricket expert, critique and commentator Nasser Hussain is baffled by England’s decision to leave Stuart Broad out of the first Test against the West Indies, questioning whether his former side took the visitors seriously enough.
The West Indies claimed one of its greatest Test wins since the 1980s on Sunday by beating England by four wickets in Southampton to take a 1-0 lead in the three-Test series. England hasn’t lost a home Test series to the West Indies since 1988.
England was clumsy from start to finish,.Hussain says England started making mistakes well before the first ball, erring in both its attitude and selection calls.
“Can England honestly tell themselves that they have treated West Indies the same way they would have treated Australia?” the former England captain wrote in a newspaper column
“I don’t believe they can – and it makes me wonder if they’ve made a mistake they keep making against this West Indies side. They underestimated them, despite the Wisden Trophy currently being in possession of Jason Holder.”
Veteran seamer Broad was left out of the Test for Mark Wood despite being fully fit and having 485 wickets to his name.
Hussain wrote that had Broad been picked, Stokes may have chosen to bowl after winning the toss and the course of the Test could have been altered entirely.
Another former England captain, Geoffrey Boycott, also believes Broad should have been picked.
“The selectors and captain will say they have one eye on winning the Ashes in Australia in just over a year… but in practice, England needs to win Test matches… winning creates confidence and a good vibe goes through the team… when you win it lifts the spirits,” Boycott wrote in his column.
Also Read: England Bowler Stuart Broad ‘Frustrated’ & ‘Angry’ Over Omission