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England pace bowler Stuart Broad admitted that he was disappointed to be left out of the squad for the first Test against the West Indies in Barbados as he feels he is “bowling the best I’ve ever bowled”.
England’s decision to leave Broad out raised some eyebrows and sparked a lot of criticism, especially after the West Indies annihilated them by 381 runs.
“Naturally I was very disappointed to be sat on the sidelines this week as you would expect any player to be when not selected for a Test match,” he wrote in his column for the Daily Mail. “From a personal point of view I would have loved to have a bowl on this Kensington Oval pitch – it looks like it’s suited to the taller, faster bowlers.
“Another source of frustration is that I’m bowling the best I’ve ever bowled. I believe that 100 per cent. Everyone in this England group knows it too.”
In the first warm-up match against the West Indies Presidents’ XI, Broad took a hat-trick as he dismissed Alzarri Joseph, Miguel Cummins and Bryan Charles.
While Broad feels that he would have excelled on the pitch in Barbados, he insisted that he won’t dwell on being dropped.
“There is no point in sulking around the place, because you need to prepare for your next opportunity,” he wrote. “Selection didn’t go my way in this particular Test match but let’s not forget it didn’t go the way of the other bowlers Chris Woakes, Jack Leach and Mark Wood either.
“Particularly on tour you have a responsibility to drag nothing away from the group that have a job to do on the field. I felt I kept my disappointment in my own mind and intend to use it as a motivator to get myself ready for the next opportunity.”