After the Ashes debacle, it was obvious that the England cricket board would come up with hard decisions. England let go of the head coach and managing director. But the decision to drop James Anderson and Stuart Broad for the West Indies caught everyone by surprise, none other than the pacers themselves. The decision to drop the veteran pacers came from Andrew Strauss, who is looking after the overhaul in the England cricket board,
Now Strauss has said that he has no regrets for the decision to drop Anderson and Broad.
“‘I think the reaction was entirely predictable. You don’t do these things worried about what the reaction is, you do them because you think it’s the right thing to do” said the former England captain.
Strauss is also looking in the direction of having separate coaches for the white and red-ball formats. “Ultimately it will be the new managing director’s decision but my perspective is to go down the two-coach route,” said Strauss
England’s bowling responsibility has been handed over to Chris Woakes, Overton, and Wood along with the newcomers like Saqib Mahmood who is likely to make a debut in the second test match.
Mark Wood is unlikely to take further part in the series due to the elbow injury. While the likes of Overton and Woakes were far from impressive, Strauss believes handing over the bowling responsibility to other players will force the senior players to think about different roles.
“‘It’s great to see Matt Fisher and Saqib Mahmood as part of England set up. I think we’re learning about them all the time and they’re getting more and more comfortable in this group. And as we said right at the start it’s forced some of our senior players to have slightly different roles.” said Strauss