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Michael Vaughan ‘quite happy’ with call to drop James Anderson and Stuart Broad

The former skipper feels England made the “huge decision” because they “want to build a new culture”.

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James Anderson (left) and Stuart Broad (right) were missing from the England squad announced on Tuesday (Jason O’Brien/PA).

James Anderson (left) and Stuart Broad (right) were missing from the England squad announced on Tuesday (Jason O’Brien/PA).

James Anderson (left) and Stuart Broad (right) were missing from the England squad announced on Tuesday (Jason O’Brien/PA).

Former England captain Michael Vaughan feels it was a “smart” move by Sir Andrew Strauss to drop James Anderson and Stuart Broad for next month’s tour of West Indies.

Anderson and Broad, the country’s two leading wicket-takers, and Jos Buttler were left out of the squad announced on Tuesday as change continued in the set-up in the wake of the 4-0 Ashes defeat in Australia.

Vaughan says he was “quite happy” with the selection made by England’s interim management team of Strauss and Paul Collingwood, assisted by lead scout James Taylor.

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Michael Vaughan says the selection decision “sends a strong message to the team” (Jason O’Brien/PA)

Michael Vaughan says the selection decision “sends a strong message to the team” (Jason O’Brien/PA)

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Michael Vaughan says the selection decision “sends a strong message to the team” (Jason O’Brien/PA)

Writing in the Telegraph, Vaughan said: “England want to build a new culture. That’s what has led them to the huge decision to drop Jimmy Anderson and Stuart Broad from the squad to the West Indies. They’re trying to create a culture away from Broad and Anderson.

“Sometimes high-class senior bowlers can be an issue in the side. That’s not saying they’re not good people – they are – but you sometimes need to move forward. That sends a strong message to the team.

“I’m quite happy with this selection. They clearly feel that they need to move away from that pair. That’s the message – (captain) Joe Root and his team want to build a new team without Broad and Anderson. The England management have seen something in the pair that has made them want to drop them.

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“I think it’s smart, what Andrew Strauss has done. This has got the mark of Strauss on it. He’s trying to build a new culture. The long-term goal is trying to build a team that can win in Australia.

“In the short term it might be that England are going to take a step back to potentially move forward in the future. But let’s remember – England have been losing a lot of Test matches anyway.”


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