New England Test captain Ben Stokes was prepared to fight for legendary fast bowling duo Jimmy Anderson and Stuart Broad to be brought back into the side, according to managing director of Men’s cricket Rob Key.
The pair, who have a ridiculous 1177 Test wickets between them, were left out for the recent tour of the West Indies but are expected to return for the home international summer, which gets underway with the start of the three-match New Zealand series on the 2nd of June.
They will do so under new leadership, with Joe Root stepping down and Stokesy appointed as his successor.
Speaking to Nasser Hussain for Sky Sports, Key has revealed that the all-rounder was prepared to fight for their return to the side but that he didn’t need any convincing.
“I understood the decision,” said England’s new managing director of Men’s cricket. “I understood what Straussy was doing and what he was saying. I had no issue with it but in my opinion, they should come back and that’s what’s happening.
“The good thing is Ben Stokes, I think he was prepared for an argument when we spoke about it.
“He said: ‘Right Jimmy and Broady are coming back’ and I said: ‘Yeah, that’s fine’ and then we sort of moved on.”
Key continued: “There’s a part of me that understands with Broad and Anderson, away from home and getting on a bit as well so you want to find out about other people. I can understand that.
“It doesn’t mean that I would’ve done it but I’m showing now that they’ve come back.”
Just like the rest of you, we cannot wait to see Jimmy and Broady back taking bucketloads of wickets in England whites this summer.