James Anderson, Stuart Broad hope to play ODIs in future
England pace bowlers James Anderson and Stuart Broad stated on Sunday that they see a future for themselves in 50-over format after they were rested for the upcoming One-Day International series against New Zealand.
Anderson and Broad have been handed the rest keeping in mind the gruelling Ashes series which they are scheduled to play in July and August.
Making it clear that he wants to play in all forms of the game, Anderson stated that he understood why he was handed a rest while maintaining that his immediate focus was on the Ashes.
“I still want to play all forms of the game,” said Anderson.
“But it’s probably sensible this year, in particular, where we have got a lot of Test cricket and with an Ashes Series coming up, that some of the guys are given a chance.
“I still see a future for me in one-day cricket, but this year, with a lot of Test cricket, I want to give that my full focus, especially with this Ashes Series, I can throw myself into that.”
England have a packed Test calendar this year wherein they tour the United Arab Emirates in October after the Ashes for a three-match Test series against Pakistan followed by a four-match Test series in South Africa which begins in December.
While acknowledging the need to prioritize Test cricket this summer the 28-year-old Broad saw a definite future for himself in ODIs.
“I want to contribute to the one-day side again and certainly believe I'm good enough.
"But I understand a need to prioritize Test cricket for England this summer.
“The ECB explained that me and Jimmy Anderson need to get a decent amount of rest, as well as to concentrate on playing red ball cricket leading into the Ashes series.
“To be honest, I've been talking to them since the winter and with 16 Test matches to play this year, knowing that I would not be playing did not come as a huge shock.”
Broad also hopes to feature in the 2019 Cricket World Cup which will be hosted by England and Wales stating that age was on his side with his best years yet to come.
“I feel I can offer a lot to and would like to play in (the 2019 World Cup). I'm not 35, I'm only 28.
“People say you're at your best, experience and skill-wise, between 28 and 32 or 33. Look at how much Jimmy Anderson has improved in the last five years.”
Anderson recently became the first England bowler to claim 400 Test wickets whereas Broad is 13 wickets away from being the fifth England bowler to get past 300.
Anderson is also England’s leading wicket-taker in ODIs with 269 wickets while Broad sits at the third position with 177 wickets.
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