Rob Key has told James Anderson and Stuart Broad that they are available for England’s selection and says new Test captain Ben Stokes is eager for them to be recalled.
Anderson and Broad were both left out of England’s tour of the Caribbean last month, with the team losing 1-0 in Joe Roots’ last series in charge.
Key, who was recently appointed England’s new CEO, has assured England’s two leading wicket-takers that they will not be frozen out under the new regime.
“Before it was announced that I was getting this job, I called them both and said, ‘I think you’re both available for selection,” Key said. Sky Sports.
‘I can not promise you that you will play, but you are available for selection. Ben Stokes has been very clear that he wants Jimmy and Broady to come back.
‘Now it will be done solely on what is the best XI to win the first test match. Nothing more, nothing less. If they’re in it – which they may well be because they’re two big bowlers – then they’re playing. ‘
Asked how Anderson and Broad followed up their omissions for England’s Test trip to the West Indies, Key added: ‘They were actually fine, they just want to continue on this journey that they have been on.
‘They did not want it to end the way it could have. Of course, they were happy to be selected for the first test match. ‘
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