England and Wales Cricket Board (ECB) new managing director Rob Key has made a big claim regarding England’s seam duo of James Anderson and Stuart Broad. Both the ace seamers were left out of England’s tour of West Indies last month as the selectors decided to go with the young seam line-up. Get the Cricket session tips for free and match predictions here on our site.

The omission of the two players had stirred a controversy in the cricket fraternity. Both the players had openly criticized the board for poorly handling the entire situation. It is now believed that Anderson and Broad can make a comeback in the purest format of the game under the leadership of new captain Ben Stokes.

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Rob Key recently revealed that Anderson and Broad will have a future with England. The MD assured that two-seamers will not be thrown under the bus by the new leadership. He further added that the skipper Ben Stokes is also keen on calling the duo back to the team. 

“Before it got announced that I got this job. I called them both up and said, ‘in my opinion, you’re both available for selection’. ‘I can’t promise you that you’re going to play but you’re available for selection. Ben Stokes has been very clear in the fact that he wants Jimmy and Broady to come back in.

“Now, it will purely be done on what is the best XI to win that first Test match. Nothing more, nothing less. If they are in that – which they may well be because they’re two great bowlers – then they play,”

Rob Key told Sky Sports. 

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Rob reveals his conversation with James Anderson and Stuart Broad

Ben Stokes James Anderson and Stuart Broad to Come Back: Rob Key
Ben Stokes Wants James Anderson and Stuart Broad to Come Back: Rob Key

Further in the interaction, Key revealed the reactions of James Anderson and Stuart Broad. ECB MD mentioned that both the players are eager to get back to their job as they don’t want to prematurely end their campaign. Also, they were happy knowing that they are in contention to play against New Zealand, South Africa, and India in the upcoming months. 

James Anderson and Stuart Broad are two of the most successful English bowlers in the purest format of the game. Anderson has picked a whopping 640 wickets at an economy rate of 2.80 and an average of 26.6. Broad, on the other hand, has 537 scalps from 152 matches. 

“They were fine actually, they just want to continue on this journey that they’ve been on. Both didn’t want it to finish in the way it could have done. They were obviously pleased to be up for selection for that first Test match,”

Rob added. 

Rob Key reflects on his decision of handing over the Test captaincy to Ben Stokes

Just a few days after becoming ECB’s head, Rob was given the responsibility of selecting a new leader for England. Following the embarrassing Test loss against West Indies, Joe Root decided to step down as the captain. 

Reflecting on his decision of handing over the responsibility to Ben Stokes, Key added that he had discussion with all-rounder. The official wants Stokes to express himself properly on the field and lead from the front. 

“My first question was “Ben, do you want to do this job?” As soon as he said yes he was very keen to do it, it took a lot of the thinking out of it. I spoke to a few people close to him and every single one of them said they felt he’d be an excellent captain and they were very honest about the best way to manage him. He epitomizes everything our red-ball team needs. I just want him to go out and do that and lead from the front,”

Rob concluded. 

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