Stokes confesses he doesn’t regret leaving Broad out
England lost the first Test against West Indies in the three-match series under Ben Stokes, who led the side in the absence of Joe Root.
England all-rounder Ben Stokes didn’t have the happiest of the start as captain as his side suffered a 4-wicket defeat against West Indies in the first Test. Apart from the loss, Stokes was also criticised for leaving England’s premium bowler Stuart Broad out. He preferred Mark Wood over him in the Southampton Test.
However, despite the criticism, the skipper said he doesn’t regret leaving Broad out and explained the reason behind leaving the fast bowler out. But he also admitted that it was a tough decision to take for him and the team management.
“I stand by my decision. If I didn’t, what type of message does it give to the guys we picked? It was a very tough call to leave someone like Stuart out. His record is obviously phenomenal. But we made a call before a ball was bowled that I felt pace was going to be more beneficial in the long run to us winning this game,” he said.
Stokes also saw the criticism in a positive manner and claimed that England are in a great position as they are able to pick so many bowlers and leave someone of Broad’s quality out.
“Obviously we lost, but I am not going to look back on this Test match and have any regrets. It shows we are in a great position to be able to pick so many bowlers and leave someone of Stu’s quality out. It is a great place to be at. But I stand by my selection,” he added.
Broad missed a home Test for the first time since 2012. He was also the leading wicket-taker in the South Africa series.