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Anderson, Broad have been left out of West Indies Tests

James Anderson and Stuart Broad have been dropped for England’s trip to the West Indies as the fallout from a disappointing Ashes tour continues but Andrew Strauss, the ECB’s interim director of cricket, has said the decision “does not mean the end for them as England players”.

The 4-0 humbling in Australia has already seen Ashley Giles, Chris Silverwood, and Graham Thorpe lose their jobs as part of the support staff, and now England’s two leading wicket-takers in Test cricket have been dumped by a selection panel comprising Strauss, Paul Collingwood, head coach for the Caribbean tour, and James Taylor, a selector.

Given England’s woes in Australia owed much to the failures of their batting, it is a significant call. Anderson averaged 23 in his three Test matches in the Ashes – and averages 22 since the start of 2020 – while Broad averaged 26 from three games and took a five-wicket haul in the fourth Test. Neither was used smartly in Australia. Both were left out of the opening Test at the Gabba, in conditions that suited them, and Broad missed out at the MCG on a surface tailor-made for his bowling.

It remains to be seen whether this is the end for Anderson and Broad in England colors.