Gulf Today (UAE) – LONDON: England captain Joe Root has given his backing for seamer Stuart Broad to be included in the Test squad for the tour of Sri Lanka amid speculation that the new-ball bowler could be dropped.

Summary

  • LONDON: England captain Joe Root has given his backing for seamer Stuart Broad to be included in the Test squad for the tour of Sri Lanka amid speculation that the new-ball bowler could be dropped.
  • Broad took 23 wickets in seven home Tests against Pakistan and India this year but British media reported that national selectors were considering leaving the 32-year-old out of the side for three Tests in Sri Lanka starting in November.
  • Conditions are likely to ensure that England travel with three frontline spinners but Root has backed Broad, the country’s second most successful Test bowler, to play a pivotal role on the South Asian pitches.
  • England take on Sri Lanka in five one-dayers and a one-off Twenty20 international in October, before the first of three tests starts in Galle on Nov.
  • Stokes in ODI squadBen Stokes and Alex Hales were named in England’s one-day squad to tour Sri Lanka on Wednesday despite being charged with bringing cricket into disrepute.

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