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AFP
August 4, 2020

Broad ‘considered retiring’ after Test snub

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AFP
August 4, 2020

LONDON: England paceman Stuart Broad has revealed he was “so low” after being dropped for the first Test against the West Indies that he considered retiring.

Broad, 34, who believes he is bowling as well as ever and has never been fitter, returned to the side for the second and third Tests and played a key role as England hit back to win the series 2-1.

“Were there thoughts of retirement going round my head? One hundred per cent. Because I was so down,” he told the Mail on Sunday. “I was expecting to play, which is always a bit of a dangerous thing in sport but I felt I deserved to play.”

Broad explained that the coronavirus restrictions placed on all the players during the Test series did not help as he tried to come to terms with being dropped for the first Test in Southampton.

“I wasn’t playing, I was staying in a single room,” he said. “I didn’t sleep for two days. I was nowhere. A different decision could definitely have been made with my emotions of how I was feeling.”

Broad said his family had played a crucial role in helping him through the period, as had Ben Stokes, who skippered England in the first Test. “Stokesy was brilliant,” Broad added. “Stokesy knocked on my door on the Thursday night and stayed in the corridor to talk to me. He said: ‘This isn’t about cricket, but how are you, mate?’ That was very impressive for him to do.

“In this modern world, sometimes face-to-face comfort can get lost. I have always had a huge amount of respect for Stokes and I will be friends with him for life, but what he did almost added to that.”