Stuart Broad remains upbeat ahead of the New Zealand Tests
Stuart Broad believes that the present changes in English team management are difficult since things have changed in the management. The veteran pacer, on the other hand, believes that the appointment of former New Zealand captain Brendon McCullum as head coach and Rob Key as MD of men’s cricket will benefit England.
Broad is one of the all-time greats, but things didn’t go his way during the Ashes in Australia, where England was totally outplayed and won 4-0. Later, when England faced the West Indies in a three-match Test series, Broad and his senior colleague James Anderson were forced to sit outside the team. Both of these legends, though, have been called back into the team for the first Test against New Zealand, which begins on June 2 at Lord’s.
“Whenever a new management team comes in, it’s always a bit of a stressful time because you never know if you are a player that they want to move forward with. The uncertainty has been no different for me over the past few weeks with England, but I feel the way I play my cricket and the aggressive approach that I like to take on to the field suits the characteristics of Rob Key, (new skipper) Ben Stokes and (head coach) Brendon McCullum,” Broad said.
If he is called to play in the first Test against New Zealand, the 35-year-old says he will give his all.
“Of course, performances can never be guaranteed, but what I can guarantee at the start of this new era is what I’ve always done – my heart and soul will go into playing at Lord’s.” After being away for the winter (for the three-Test tour of the West Indies), it’s nice to be back on track and only focusing on one thing. “There will be no looking back because it is unnecessary,” Broad wrote.
“Decisions made on selection in 2020, 2021, and the beginning of 2022 have no bearing on what happens now in June, therefore it is up to me to put in performances to propel this squad ahead.”
He stated that he currently has no long-term aspirations and is solely concerned with providing quality and positive cricket.