Stokes wants Anderson and Broad to return

Stokes wants Anderson and Broad to return

Stokes wants Anderson and Broad to return
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Ben Stokes, the new England captain, has given clearest signal yet that James Anderson and Stuart Broad will return to Test cricket right away, announcing that the out-of-favor pair are in his plans for the next series against New Zealand.

Anderson and Broad were controversially left out of England’s Caribbean trip against the West Indies earlier this year, with selectors preferring to give the next generation of seam bowlers more opportunities.

During that series, England was defeated 1-0 by the West Indies, and star hitter Joe Root stepped down as captain immediately after the squad returned home, leaving many questions about the team’s future.

England’s men’s team has since named Rob Key as their new managing director, and Stokes has been named Test captain, with the short-term futures of their two leading wicket-takers looking brighter ahead of a hectic summer schedule.

For the first time since being named captain on Tuesday, Stokes stated that he wants to restore England’s winning mentality and that he intends to have Anderson and Broad by his side this summer.

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“I want to help England win cricket matches,” Stokes told a foreign news publication.

“The simplest way to achieve it is to choose your best XI, and Stuart Broad and James Anderson, in my opinion, are eligible for selection if they are fit.”

Stokes said he’d have a big influence in who becomes the Test side’s vice-captain, but he quickly ruled out Root as a candidate for the position.

Instead, he’ll focus on Root’s batting, hoping that the gifted 31-year-old can add to his 25 Test centuries and current Men’s ICC Test Batting Rankings, ranking of fourth.

But, with Stokes stating that ‘selfless’ individuals who want to win games of cricket for England will be preferred, it’s unclear who else will make the cut for England’s first Test of the summer against New Zealand, which begins on June 3 at Lord’s.

“I want selfless cricketers who make decisions based on England winning the game,” Stokes remarked.

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“The most important thing is to win at the end of the day. I want to be a part of a team that has a real mindset and doesn’t take any steps backwards.”

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