England captain Joe root has lent support to the veteran duo of Stuart Broad and James Anderson who were axed from the squad for the West Indies test tour. The decision to revamp the think tank and side came after England suffered a humiliating Ashes defeat without showing any substantial fight.

I’ve spoken both to Stuart and Jimmy and they’re obviously disappointed, angry, and Stuart in particular has voiced that quite publicly. You’d expect that. I’ve got a huge amount of respect for both of them. It’s been made very clear: no-one is saying this is the end for them. It would be great to see Stuart and Jimmy very much in the mix at the start of the summer as well”

Root said in Press Conference before the team’s departure to West Indies for the Test

Both Root and Anderson expressed displeasure with the way they were given the news. Earlier, Broad had written in his column that he was ‘frustrated, angry and gutted’ on being dropped from the West Indies tour.

Root had the confidence of Sir Andrew Strauss, who made some harsh decisions of axing Chris Silverwood, Ashley Giles, and Graham Thorpe from their respective positions.

Stuart Broad and James Anderson are at the twilight of their careers and there are speculations that the duo is unlikely to find their way back into the team. Earlier, Sir Andrew Strauss, who is the interim managing director of ECB has said that its certainly not the end for the veteran pacers who have scalped nearly 1200 test wickets between them.

We felt that it was time to draw a line after the Ashes defeat, look forward and give some impetus with an influx of new players. In respect of James Anderson and Stuart Broad, I want to emphasise this does not mean the end for them as England players.

Sir Andrew Strauss had said earlier with regards to the future of Broad and Anderson

Both Anderson and Broad have publicly expressed their desire to play more for their country. Anderson will turn 40 next year whereas Broad currently is 35 years of age.