England Test captaincy: Stokes gets a big boost, out of the Broad race

England’s Test captaincy: Ben Stokes is in high spirits, Stuart Broad withdraws from England’s Test captaincy race England bowler Stuart Broad has said he is not considering replacing Joe Root as Test captain, adding that he did not feel any “bitterness” towards Root after being dropped from the team for a recent tour of the Caribbean. Follow Insidesorts.IN for more updates

On Friday, Root ended his five-year term, saying the job had recently had a profound effect on him. The 35-year-old Broad is being considered as a short-term alternative to his replacement, while former England captains have backed all-rounder Ben Stokes for the role.

Broad, England’s second-highest wicket-taker in Tests after James Anderson, said he was focused on returning to the England squad after being left out of the tour of the West Indies, which they lost 1-0.

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England Test captaincy: Ben Stokes is in high spirits, Stuart Broad withdraws from England's Test captaincy race, says 'I didn't think about it'
England Test captaincy: Ben Stokes is in high spirits, Stuart Broad withdraws from England’s Test captaincy race, says ‘I didn’t think about it’

“I am aware that my name as England captain has been mentioned as a potential successor to Joe and I am guessing because I am an experienced central contract player who has been in the international game for a long time,” Broad wrote in his Mail On. Sunday column.

“However, this is not something I thought because first of all, I do not currently have a shirt in the England Test squad and my focus is very much on changing that by taking wickets for Nottinghamshire in the next few weeks.”

England Test captaincy: Ben Stokes is in high spirits, Stuart Broad withdraws from England’s Test captaincy race, says ‘I didn’t think about it’

“I would argue that we are in a very unique position right now in terms of Test team selection as there are only two players whose names you can write on the scorecard. One is Joe Root, the other is Ben Stokes. “

Broad said he was disappointed with his recent omission, but it did not affect his relationship with Root. “People may question my relationship with Joey because of recent history, but I’ve always been good at distinguishing between friendship and business,” Broad added.

Broad added, “From my point of view, it’s a professional sport and it won’t stop me from enjoying a glass of red wine or playing golf with those who have made such a decision.”

England Test captaincy: Ben Stokes is in high spirits, Stuart Broad withdraws from England’s Test captaincy race, says ‘I didn’t think about it’

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