Broad reveals clear-the-air phone call with Vaughan following criticism
Broad took three for 38 at Headingley.
Stuart Broad admits he was angered by his former captain Michael Vaughan’s criticism before the second NatWest Test – and so had to ring him to clear the air.
Vaughan suggested in both his Daily Telegraph column and BBC radio programme that England should consider dropping either Broad or his record-breaking pace partner James Anderson at Headingley.
On day one of a Test England must win to avoid series defeat, they both took three wickets – as did Chris Woakes – to bowl Pakistan out for 174.
After England had then closed on 106 for two, Broad confirmed he had taken Vaughan to task.
“You get used to both positive and negative opinions, but sometimes I don’t think it is justified,” he said. “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.”
Broad felt he had no choice but to do so.
“I’m not going to hold a personal grudge if someone criticises me, particularly if I feel like I deserve it,” he said. “I’m friends with Vaughany. He was a fantastic captain to me, gave me a great opportunity … he’s great company.
“But I just didn’t feel like I really deserved that, so I thought I’d express that opinion to him.”
He believes the phone call had a good outcome, but is prepared for the possibility of a frosty weekend before normal relations resume following his frank close-of-play press conference.
“There’s no point in it just spinning around my mind and annoying me,” he added. “I always think if you talk about things it gets it off your chest and you feel better. I think I might have reignited a few things this evening, but I’m sure it will be fine come Monday.”
Vaughan’s rationale was that England, who have lost six of their last eight Tests, may benefit from a change of personnel just to “ruffle feathers”.
But Broad said: “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 the 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 off a wild guess… But it’s personal columns, radio shows that need ‘likes’ and air time, isn’t it?”
Either way, Broad responded with figures of three for 38 – having managed just one wicket in England’s crushing defeat at Lord’s last week.
He said: “Two Tests ago, I got eight wickets in Christchurch; I’ve been beating the bat, feeling in good rhythm, getting wickets for Nottinghamshire.
“So I felt like the criticism this week was a little bit unjustified – but that’s the world we live in. It did put me under a little bit more pressure… but part and parcel of our job at the top level is being able to deliver under pressure.
“You do have to move on quickly from it, and I hope a good bowling performance today from the team is a step on the ladder to a Test match win.”
"I've always enjoyed punditry. But this week there wasn't a huge amount of logic" @StuartBroad8 on suggestions that England might consider dropping him. #bbccricket #ENGvPAK pic.twitter.com/LWtsXRgnzd— Test Match Special (@bbctms) June 1, 2018
Broad does not believe his success was a direct result of criticism.
“I don’t think it stung me into action,” he added. “I like punditry … I respect everyone’s opinion… most of the time, especially when it’s fair. I’ve come in for criticism a lot in my career, (and) a lot of it has been justified.
“At this level, you’ve always got a point to prove. We didn’t do ourselves justice at Lord’s at all, so it was a very frustrating week for us – and we left angry as players.
“This almost feels a bit like a complete performance for a day.”