Jason Holder Surprised that England did not choose Stuart Broad
The West Indies had an advantage in the Southampton Test, with regular England skipper Joe Root out of the fray due to the birth of his second child. However, the XI’s Stuart Broad omission from England caught Windies captain Jason Holder unaware. Jason Holder was surprised after seeing speedster Stuart Broad not on the team for the first test in the #raisethebat series at Ageas Bowl in Southampton.
Broad, who was not chosen for the first test, had expressed his feelings on national television and had even asked for assurances of his future to the national coach Ed Smith. Holder said he was even surprised at Broad’s omission.
“I was a little surprised that England did not choose Stuart Broad. His record, especially in this country, is exceptional and I thought they would leave Jofra Archer or Mark Wood aside, ”wrote Holder in his Daily Mail column.
“But they launched a high-quality attack, that’s for sure. It was the first time we played a test against Jofra and he was anxious to compete with us and we were anxious to fight him, “he added.
Holder also somehow won the all-out battle against Ben Stokes, who was named substitute captain of England for the Southampton Test. The Windies skipper took a record 6 wickets in the opening heats, which also set the tone for the rest of the match.
While Holder’s contribution with the ball was imperative, he then wants to contribute with his willow as he aims to score a ton in the Manchester test.
The West Indies defeated England by four wickets to take a 1-0 lead over the three-game series. The last two matches will now be played at Old Trafford in Manchester from July 16 and July 24 respectively.