Stuart Broad confused, angry and gutted after being axed by England

Stuart Broad has admitted that his omission from the latest England squad has left him facing sleepless nights.

The 35-year-old wasn't the only one facing the chop as James Anderson was also controversially dropped ahead of England's Test series in the West Indies.  

The decision came following a disastrous Ashes series which ended with Australia breezing past England in a 4-0 win.

The two bowlers have amassed 1,177 Test wickets between them and Broad is frustrated and at a loss to explain his omission.

England's James Anderson and Stuart Broad celebrate after a draw during day five of the fourth Ashes test at the Sydney Cricket Ground, Sydney. Picture date: Sunday January 9, 2022.

In his column in the Mail on Sunday, Broad wrote: "The decision to leave me out of the tour of West Indies has hit me pretty hard. Not to big it up too much, but it has affected my sleep.

"I have been Test match standard for a long time and, for the last eight years, you would say world class.

"I could take being dropped if I had let my standards slip, but facing up to being overlooked when they haven't is another thing altogether."

Broad, who has played 152 Tests, said he was "waking up more confused and angrier with each passing day" and added: "I feel gutted."

Fire still burning bright for Stuart Broad after Sydney five-wicket haul

Broad said he was also unhappy at how the matter was dealt with, stating he had received just a short phone call from England's interim managing director Sir Andrew Strauss.

Explaining he felt the decision was "unjust", Broad said he was "struggling to put things into context".

He added: "It's hard to do so when all you've had is a five-minute phone call and nothing else."

READ MORE: Sir Andrew Strauss says England can develop without Anderson and Broad

Latest news