'It's difficult to understand' - Stuart Broad hurt by omission from first Test
Stuart Broad has not hidden his disappointment one bit after being left out of the England side for the first Test against West Indies at Southampton.
In a candid chat with Sky Sports right before the start of third day's play, Broad gave an honest assessment of his exclusion from the playing XI by saying he felt frustrated and angry.
"To say I was disappointed would be an understatement.... I'm frustrated, angry, gutted," the veteran paceman stated.
"It's difficult to understand. I've probably bowled the best I've ever bowled the last couple of years -- I felt it was my shirt."
"I'm not a particularly emotional person but I've found the last couple of days quite tough."
Broad is one of England's most prolific Test wicket-takers as he is second only to new-ball colleague James Anderson in the elite list.
Despite nearing the twilight stages of his career, his form has gotten better as he was his team's standout bowler in England's series triumph in South Africa earlier this year.
The 34-year-old was initially part of the 13-man squad for the series opener but was overlooked alongside Chris Woakes to make way for Jofra Archer and Mark Wood in the side.
The decision to favour the express pace of Archer and Wood over Broad's consistency is considered to be a bold step taken by stand-in skipper Ben Stokes.
"I found out about 6:00 pm the night before the game," Broad said. "Stokesy told me we were just going with extra pace in these conditions."
Broad's omission has left him concerned about his international future as he claimed to contact national selector Ed Smith about potential Test appearances this summer.
"I wanted clarification about my future going forward and I was given pretty positive feedback."
Although hurt by the enforced absence, Broad sympathised with the selectors' dilemma of choosing from a wide range of fit pacers.
"We are also in a fairly unique position this summer. Very rarely do you get all your bowlers fit like we've got at this minute."
"Part of my strength and durability as a cricketer is that I've been fit on a lot of occasions and been available for selection.
"I felt like I deserved a spot in the team, as would anyone else."
Broad, nevertheless, sounded optimistic as he prepares for the second Test in Manchester.
"Now I'll be doing as much as I can in the next week so make sure I'm available for Old Trafford."