SOUTHAMPTON: Veteran fast bowler Stuart Broad admitted that he is “frustrated, angry, gutted” after being dropped for England’s ongoing first Test against West Indies at the Ageas Bowl in Southampton. England decided to go with a pace attack consisting of James Anderson, Jofra Archer, Mark Wood and captain Ben Stokes for the match.”I found out about 6pm the night before the game. Stokesy told me that we are going with extra pace on these conditions,” said Broad on Sky Sports. “I spoke to (national selector) Ed Smith last night, he is involved in picking the 13 and they picked purely for this pitch. I wanted clarification on the future going forward and I was given pretty positive feedback.” Broad was the highest wicket-taker for England in their two previous Test series. He admitted that the decision to drop him has been a hard one for him to understand. “I’m not a particularly emotional person but I have found the last couple of days tough. To say disappointed is an understatement, I’ve been frustrated, angry, gutted, because it is quite hard to understand,” he said. “I’ve probably bowled the best I ever have in the last couple of years. I felt like it was my shirt having been in the team during the Ashes and in South Africa.” Broad however said that England are in a unique position considering all their fast bowlers are fit to play. “Very rarely do you get all your bowlers fit like we have got now. Part of my strength as a cricketer has been that I have always been fit and available for selection. So I was frustrated by the fact that I expected to get a place in the team as everyone else. Chris Woakes, Sam Curran all bowling pretty well here, all probably deserve to be in the 11 but aren’t.” The 34-year-old, who is 15 wickets away from becoming the second England bowler after Anderson to go past 500 Test wickets, said that he is also glad to be feeling frustrated. “But also I am quite pleased I feel frustrated, gutted and angry because if I didn’t then I would have had a different decision to make,” he said. IANS Also Watch: #NewsMakers: Impact of COVID on Education & What’s Next
Black Stars team manager and currently the operations manager of Hearts of Oak,Sabahn Quaye believes ‘any idiot’ can coach the Ghanaian giants because the structures in the club are already set up for success.The Phobians are struggling to name a permanent coach to replaceMohammed Polo which has left them without a trainer since the start of their pre-season training.Talks with ex-Dwarfs coach Prof Mintah to take over the side fell through while Herbert Addo is refusing to accept the offer tabled by the Accra-based giants.Despite the absence of coaches since the start of the pre-season last week, Quaye says the team is working well because the structures for success are already up and running at the club.“Excuse my language, any idiot can coach Hearts of Oak, provided the system is working well with discipline in the team,” Quaye told Kumasi-based Metro FM.“If God says it is Herbert Addo, who should take over as coach of Hearts of Oak, so be it and if he says no, so be it. “All the technical team members from Steve Bugri to me are experienced and if it is Herbert Addo who would be appointed as coach, he is also experienced.“The head coach, although not named officially, has been working hand in hand with Steve Bugri, the assistant coach and is expected to join us next week.”Hearts are secretly embarking on a massive recruitment drive to augment the squad to the challenges ahead.