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Stuart Broad has fired back at former captain Michael Vaughan, who suggested that the England seamer be dropped for the second Test against Pakistan at Headingley.
Broad only took one wicket at Lord’s, which prompted Vaughan to say that he should make way for all-rounder Chris Woakes.
“If England want to play Chris Woakes on Friday, I’d make the tough call that Broad doesn’t play,” Vaughan had told BBC 5 Live.
However, on the opening day at Headingley, Broad put on a show as he dismissed Imam-ul-Haq, Azhar Ali and debutant Usman Salahuddin.
When asked about Vaughan’s comments after the day had concluded, Broad was quoted by cricket.com.au as saying: “You get used to both positive and negative opinions, but sometimes I don’t think it is justified.
“This time, it did anger me a little bit – because I thought it was a bit unfair, and a bit targeted really. So I called him and expressed my disappointment in his comments.
“I’m not going to hold a personal grudge if someone criticises me, particularly if I feel like I deserve it.
“I’m friends with Vaughany. He was a fantastic captain to me, gave me a great opportunity … he’s great company. But I just didn’t feel like I really deserved that, so I thought I’d express that opinion to him.
“Two Tests ago, I got eight wickets in Christchurch; I’ve been beating the bat, feeling in good rhythm, getting wickets for Nottinghamshire. So I felt like the criticism this week was a little bit unjustified – but that’s the world we live in.”
Broad was also unimpressed with Vaughan’s comments about the need to “ruffle feathers” since England have lost six of their last eight Tests.
“It’s a complete shot in the dark really, isn’t it?” he said. “He doesn’t know what the changing room is like. I don’t think he’s got much insight into the England changing room at all.
“I don’t think the players talk to him about cricket or what’s going on within the changing room, so I think it was a bit of a wild guess… But it’s personal columns, radio shows that need ‘likes’ and air time, isn’t it?”
When asked how Vaughan would feel about his comments, Broad said: “I think I might have reignited a few things this evening, but I’m sure it will be fine come Monday.”
Following the first day of play, Vaughan didn’t apologise for his comments, but insisted why England had needed such criticism to turn their fortunes around.
“My question to them is why does it take so much prodding for them to turn up?” he said on Test Match Special. “The body language, everything about this team this morning (was different) … I hope they realise we saw something different in them today.
“We want to see that on a regular basis, we don’t want to have to criticise the way they play.”
Upon being questioned whether Vaughan’s criticisms has ignited a fire in him, Broad said: “I don’t think it stung me into action. I like punditry … I respect everyone’s opinion… most of the time, especially when it’s fair. I’ve come in for criticism a lot in my career, (and) a lot of it has been justified.
“At this level, you’ve always got a point to prove. We didn’t do ourselves justice at Lord’s at all… and we left angry as players.”