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‘Gutted’ Broad sought future reassurance after Southampton snub

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SOUTHAMPTON  – An “angry and gutted” Stuart Broad sought reassurance about his England future after being dropped for the ongoing series opener against West Indies, the 34-year-old quick said on Friday.England s decision to go with James Anderson, Jofra Archer and Mark Wood for the first test in Southampton snapped Broad s run of 51 consecutive home tests.

“I m not a particularly emotional person but I ve found the last couple of days quite tough,” the right-arm paceman told Sky Sports. “To say I m disappointed would be an understatement: you get disappointed if you drop your phone and break your screen.

“I ve been frustrated, angry and gutted – because it s quite a hard decision to understand. “I ve probably bowled the best I ve ever bowled in the last couple of years. I felt like it was my shirt having been in the team through the Ashes and going to South Africa and winning there.”

Broad said stand-in skipper Ben Stokes had explained his omission for the first match of the three-test series against West Indies. “Stokesy told me just that they re going with extra pace in these conditions,” said Broad.

“I wanted clarifications on the future going forward and I was given pretty positive feedback going forward. “I spoke to (national selector) Ed Smith last night and he said he s involved in picking the 13 and this was picked purely for this pitch.”

Broad acknowledged competition was intense for a place in the pace department. “We re in quite a unique position this summer: very rarely do you get all your bowlers fit like we ve got at the minute and all your bowlers ready to go,” he said. “I don t think I ve got anything to prove – England know what I can do, the selectors know what I can do – and when I get that opportunity again you can bet I ll be on the money.”

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