“It’s been a long time between now and the Caribbean tour in March and I’ve never been one to make emotional decisions. The biggest frustration is losing the Ashes, being down 3-0 and having the impression of not having done anything really ”
Last update: 01/02/22 2:38 PM
Stuart Broad will not make an “improvised call” on his future in the England test after a “very disappointing” Ashes campaign in Australia.
Broad, who turns 36 in June, has only participated in one of three tests so far – the 275-point loss in the Pink Ball’s second game in Adelaide.
England are playing for pride in the last two tests in Sydney and Hobart after falling 3-0 in the series and will then have a break from the red ball game until a three-game series in the West Indies in March.
Write in the Daily mail, Broad said: “To play only once made this trip a very disappointing trip – a trip that did not meet my personal expectations.
“It’s been a long time between now and the Caribbean tour in March and I’ve never been one to make emotional decisions, so I’m not going to make improvised calls about my future.
“Has it affected my hunger to play Test Cricket? No. I have to be ready for my next opportunity, whether in Sydney, Hobart or beyond.
“I’m feeling great, coming back strong from my calf injury and taking wickets in the net. That’s all I can do given the lack of games on the tour and the tight schedule.”
England’s preparations for the Sydney test have been hit by Covid-19, with head coach Chris Silverwood, fast bowling coach Jon Lewis, spin coach Jeetan Patel and strength specialist and Darren Veness conditioning all isolated.
Broad added: “This tour has taken a toll on us all. Without seeming to be looking for excuses, we may be out of breath with Covid.
“We’re the only team to have played solid international cricket throughout the pandemic and our multi-format guys had already spent 50 days in a bubble before showing up here.
“We spent the second day of the Boxing Day test match testing Covid and getting guys out of their hotel rooms away from their families, so they weren’t considered close contacts anymore.
“When you have fun with external stuff like that, it takes your focus away from where it needs to be.
“Now the preparation for the fourth test is taking place without a head coach, a bowling coach, a spin coach and a fitness coach in position. The energy and atmosphere in the camp is low.
“Unfortunately, our postings reflected our preparation.”