I called Vaughany and expressed my disappointment, says Stuart Broad

I called Vaughany and expressed my disappointment, says Stuart Broad

Vaughan wanted Broad to be dropped after England's poor show at Lord's.

Stuart Broad
England bowler Stuart Broad celebrates. (Photo by Stu Forster/Getty Images)

England and Pakistan locked horns in the second and final Test at Leeds and the bowlers of the hosts made amends immediately for their lacklustre performance at Lord’s. Stuart Broad, in particular, was pumped up as he made inroads with the new ball and rocked the visitors early. It was a much-needed performance for him after he was criticised by the former captain Michael Vaughan and had urged England to drop him for the second Test. However, the pace bowler came up with a spirited show and shut all the critics.

Broad scalped 3/38 and was the best bowler for his side as Pakistan were shot out for a meagre total of 174 in the first innings. He was well supported by Chris Woakes and James Anderson who also took 3 wickets each. Vaughan had suggested dropping either Andreson or Broad after the team lost their sixth game in the previous eight Tests. He had taken a dig especially at the latter for consistently underperforming in his column for Daily Telegraph.

It’s a complete shot in the dark

Stuart Broad, after stumps on the first day, revealed that he had contacted Michael Vaughan and had expressed his disappointments about the remarks he made. “You get used to both positive and negative opinions, but sometimes I don’t think it is justified. This time, it did anger me a little bit — because I thought it was a bit unfair, and a bit targeted really. So I called him and expressed my disappointment in his comments,” he told reporters according to Daily Mail.

He also believed that Vaughan doesn’t know the atmosphere in the dressing room and felt it was a bit of a wild guess from the former cricketer. “It’s a complete shot in the dark really, isn’t it? He doesn’t know what the changing room is like. I don’t think he’s got much insight into England changing room at all. I don’t think the players talk to him about cricket or what’s going on within the changing room, so I think it was a bit of a wild guess,” the 31-year-old added.

I’m friends with Vaughany

However, Broad was quick to clarify that he had no personal grudges over Vaughan and was friends with him while hoping that everything would be fine by Monday. “I’m friends with Vaughany. He was a fantastic captain to me, gave me a great opportunity … he’s a great company. But I just didn’t feel like I really deserved that, so I thought I’d express that opinion to him,” he concluded.

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