'Past selection decisions won't make a difference, up to me perform now' - Stuart Broad staying positive ahead of New Zealand Tests

He said that he has not any sort of long-term goals as of now, and is only focusing on delivering for England against New Zealand.

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Stuart Broad. (Photo by Mark Brake – CA/Cricket Australia via Getty Images)

Speaking about the current changes in English team management, Stuart Broad reckons that it is not an easy time as the things have changed in the management. However, the senior pacer opined that the appointment of former New Zealand captain Brendon McCullum as head coach and Rob Key as MD of men’s cricket will be favourable for England.

Broad is one of the all-time greats, but things didn’t fall in place for him during the Ashes in Australia where the home side completely outplayed  England to win 4-0. Later, Broad and his senior colleague James Anderson had to sit outside the team when England played three-match Test series against West Indies. Although, both of these legends have got a call back in the squad for the first Test against New Zealand, which starts  on June 2 at Lord’s.

Broad said that he is eyeing to deliver for the team if he gets a call in the final XI of the first Test and added that he is “optimistic”.

“Whenever a new management team comes in, it’s always a bit of a stressful time because you never know if you are a player that they want to move forward with. The uncertainty has been no different for me over the past few weeks with England, but I feel the way I play my cricket and the aggressive approach that I like to take on to the field suits the characteristics of Rob Key, (new skipper) Ben Stokes and (head coach) Brendon McCullum,” Broad in his column for dailymail.co.uk.

“Quite simply, I’m looking forward to getting going against New Zealand next week after being selected in the first Test squad of the summer. So far, I’ve had only one, very brief cricket chat on the phone with Brendon, but I’m positive about what lies ahead,” he added.

Just trying to have as positive an impact as I can: Stuart Broad

The 35-year-old said that he will deliver his hundred percent if he gets a call to play in the opening Test against New Zealand.

“Of course, you can never guarantee performances, but what I can guarantee at the start of this new era is something I always have done — my heart and soul will go into playing at Lord’s. After being left out over the winter (for the three-Test tour of the West Indies), it is refreshing to be forward-facing and only setting my focus in one direction. There will be no looking back because there is no need for it,” Broad wrote.

“Decisions that were made on selection in 2020, 2021 and the start of 2022 do not affect what is going to happen now in June, so it is up to me to put in performances to drive this team forward.”

He said that he has not any sort of long-term goals as of now, and is only focusing on delivering quality and positive cricket.

“There are no long-term targets. I am just trying to have as positive an impact as I can, as soon as I can, under this regime. At some point, I will need to get into a room with Ben, Brendon, and the new selector when they are appointed, to ask for some clarity, both what they want for me and what I want from them. Whether that is seven Test matches, five Test matches, four Test matches, one, whatever, I will be prepared and ready.”

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