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England’s decision to go with James Anderson, Jofra Archer and Mark Wood for the first match at Southampton, which West Indies won by four wickets, snapped Broad’s run of 51 consecutive home tests.
Stand-in India captain Jasprit Bumrah did the bulk of the damage by hitting 29 runs off the bat in an over from Broad that also featured five wides and a no-ball struck for six.
Gloucestershire wicketkeeper-batsman James Bracey and Sussex seamer Ollie Robinson could be in line for their first England caps after being called up to the Test squad for the first time on Tuesday. The duo are in the 15-man squad announced by head coach Chris
England riding on Broad’s heroics did well to regain the Wisden Trophy they lost in the Caribbean last year. But probably it also learnt a dear lesson —suffering the ignominy of a four-wicket loss in the first Test for having left the star performer from the line-up (“Stuart Broad takes 500 Test wickets as England seal West Indies series win,” July 29, Gulf Today).
By having Head caught for 48, Broad joined Sri Lanka's Muttiah Muralitharan (800 Test wickets), Australia's Shane Warne (708), England's James Anderson (688) and India's Anil Kumble (619) in a select group.