James Anderson, Stuart Broad will be part of England Ashes squad, says Brendon McCullum

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James Anderson, Stuart Broad will be part of England Ashes squad, says Brendon McCullum
James Anderson, Stuart Broad will be part of England Ashes squad, says Brendon McCullum

James Anderson, Stuart Broad will be part of England Ashes squad, says Brendon McCullum

England’s all-time leading Test wicket takers James Anderson and Stuart Broad will be part of the squad for next year’s Ashes series against Australia, coach Brendon McCullum said.

Anderson, 40, and Broad, 36, were both removed from the England team for the three-match series in the West Indies where England lost 0-1 after being a part of the team that lost the recent Ashes series 0-4 to Australia.

With only one victory in their previous 17 Test matches, England appointed Ben Stokes to succeed Joe Root as captain in April and hired McCullum as coach in May.

Under the new management, Broad and Anderson rejoined the team and contributed to the side’s success in six of their seven Test matches this summer.

James Anderson, Stuart Broad will be part of England Ashes squad, says Brendon McCullum
James Anderson, Stuart Broad will be part of England Ashes squad, says Brendon McCullum

“Yeah, they’ll be here,” McCullum told reporters when asked if they would be in his Ashes squad.

“They’re both smiling. How good’s that? Those guys are phenomenal cricketers. They could finish any time they wanted and they’d still  considered greats of the game.

“What they’re doing is continuing to build on the legacy they’re going to leave for the next generation – the time they’re giving other people in the dressing-room is phenomenal,” McCullum added.

“Stuff you don’t see behind the scenes. The time, the effort and the confidence they’re giving the other guys is quite remarkable, really.”

McCullum also heaped praise on captain Stokes.

“His own game is phenomenal, his leadership qualities are amazing. And he runs through brick walls for the side, as we’ve seen with some of his bowling spells,” McCullum said.

“I thought he’d be good as a leader, but I didn’t realise he’d be quite as good as he is.