International cricket resumed from today on 8 July, amidst the fear of Corona. There was not a single international match since March due to Coronavirus. It took 117 days for the cricket to resume. However, for England veteran fast bowler Stuart Broad, this return to cricket was not memorable. He was not included in the playing eleven in the first match of the three-Test series against the West Indies.
Broad has been an important member of the English team's fast bowling. In the last 8 years, whenever England team has played at their homeground, they have definitely landed in that match. But now their order is broken. Broad is not in the team at his homeground after 51 Tests. The last time this happened was in 2012. Even then there was only the West Indies team in front. However, this ground is from Southampton and was from Edgbaston. Mark Wood was replaced in the squad by Broad. He received the award for the best performance against South Africa.
Former England captain Alastair Cook played at the homeground continuously from 2006 to 2018. During this time, England team played 89 Test matches. In second place is Andrew Strauss. Strauss played 61 consecutive matches from 2004 to 2012. Broad is at fourth and Alan Knott at number five. Knott competed in 50 consecutive Tests from 1967 to 1977. Before the match against the West Indies, it was believed that the England team would go with James Anderson, Joffra Archer and Stuart Broad, but that did not happen.
The England team is led by Ben Stokes replacing Joe Root. At the same time, the West Indies team is led by veteran all-rounder Jason Holder. Stokes has been named the 81st captain of England. Root becomes father again, so he has taken leave. They will join the team before the second Test. However, he will be kept in isolation for 7 days before the match. Broad is the second bowler to take the highest number of Test wickets for England. He has taken 485 wickets in 138 Tests. Anderson is playing 152nd in first place. He has taken 584 wickets in his name.