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Stuart Broad slams criticism of one-day squad on eve of series with Australia

Stuart Broad says it is not fair on the players called in for the ODI series against Australia after five senior players were left out.

Stuart Broad: Unimpressed by criticism of England's ODI squad

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Stuart Broad has labelled comments from Michael Vaughan about England's one-day squad as 'disrespectful' as he prepares to lead the Twenty20 team into battle against Australia at the Ageas Bowl on Thursday.

Speaking on the eve of the two-match T20 series, Broad strongly defended England's decision to rest a number of senior players for the limited-overs leg of Australia's tour.

Alastair Cook, James Anderson, Graeme Swann, Ian Bell and Broad himself will sit out the five-match ODI series with Australia, prompting former England captain Vaughan to suggest that fans should be entitled to a small refund from ticket sales.

Commenting on England's new-look squad, Broad said: "I'd be hesitant to be too disrespectful to the players who are going to put on the England shirt and go and play.

"It's a hugely-talented squad and there will be some very exciting players who will get their opportunity against the Aussies.

Crucial

"Some people might forget that we got to the Champions Trophy final, some guys have played five pretty much back-to-back Ashes Test matches so I suppose the other way to go is to bowl until you pretty much break your back. But fortunately we get looked after better than that now."

Vaughan reacted to England's squad announcement on Tuesday by tweeting: "I would have only rested Captain Cook.. Plenty of time to rest from Sept 16th - Nov 21st!!!? Can't sell tickets then rest 5 star names!!!! No problems resting players but I think supporters who have paid good money to watch the best should get a small refund..."

Responding specifically to the former England captain, Broad believes blooding the less experienced players is crucial in building towards the 2015 World Cup in Australia and New Zealand.

"As I say I think it's disrespectful to the guys who are going out there on the field. There are boys who have performed throughout the county season to get a chance at international level," he added.

"As an ODI team we are building towards 2015 World Cup, there's no doubt about that. We need to have a big group of players going into the World Cup who have an experience of international cpas. They wouldn't be in squad if they are not good enough to play.

"That ODI squad will be very focused on beating Australia. I know if I was paying to go and watch I want to go and watch England beating Australia. That's it."

Are England correct to rest five players, including captain Alastair Cook, for the one-day series with Australia?

  • Yes
  • No