Talks are on and England might have decided to rest in-form Stuart Broad at Edgbaston for the third test against the West Indies. This news comes after they rested a disappointed Jimmy Anderson, who wanted to play the third match.
Anderson’s disappointed was clear in his Sunday edition of ‘Daily Mail’, where he said he was fully fit despite reports that he had difficulties at Trent Bridge with a quadriceps problem.
Broad on the other hand, has been quoted by the same newspaper, saying he is in the “best nick” of his life and does not want to be rested.
England captain Andrew Strauss and bowling Coach David Saker both hinted that the speedy duo of Broad and Anderson may be rested for the final test match at Edgbaston starting June 7, under the rotation policy. But another aspect of this is that Coach Andy Flower has expressed his desire to see how Steve Finn and Graham Onions do in a match, the Daily Express reported.
If Finn and Onions impress Flower at practice, they will most likely team up with Tim Bresnan and Graeme Swann in a four man attack.
England have already won the series after wining the first 2 matches and will be looking for a white wash at Edgbaston.
Broad had written in his column of Daily Mail: “I don't personally feel in need of a break. I actually believe I'm in the best nick of my life, so when you feel that way you want to carry on. It's worth remembering that I missed the Colombo Test against Sri Lanka through injury, so I haven't had a massive workload in the last few months.”
However, he has said he will respect the decision of the team management, adding: “...if the powers that be do want any of us to sit it out I'm sure we will have to be told rather than volunteer. But it's their prerogative.”
This decision might not look like a surprise when you see England’s fixtures for the coming months. Following the final test match, they will play the Windies in 3 ODIs and a T20, Australia in 5 ODIs and then South Africa in 3 Tests, 5 ODIs and 3 T20s, before they travel to Sri Lanka to defend their World T20 title.