'Had only a brief chat on phone with McCullum'- Stuart Broad

Vishal Mehra

| May 22, 9:29 AM

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England takes on New Zealand in the upcoming three-match Test series under the watchful eyes of new head coach Brendon McCullum and skipper Ben Stokes. The England and Wales Cricket Board (ECB) named a 13-member squad for the first two games, which included the bowling duo of James Anderson and Stuart Broad.

Broad, who was dropped for the tour of the Caribbean, finds himself again in the thick of things. In his column for Dailmail.co.uk, Broad indicated that he has spoken to McCullum just once since the New Zealanders' appointment and sounded confident about his Test return.

"Whenever a new management team comes in, it's always a bit of a stressful time because you never know if you are a player they want to move forward with. The uncertainty has been no different for me over the past few weeks with England. Still, I feel the way I play my cricket, and the aggressive approach that I like to take on the field suits Rob Key's characteristics, (new skipper) Ben Stokes and (head coach) Brendon McCullum," Broad said.

"Quite simply, I'm looking forward to going against New Zealand next week after being selected in the first Test squad of the summer. So far, I've had only one very brief cricket chat on the phone with Brendon, but I'm positive about what lies ahead," Broad wrote.

The 35-year-old said that being dropped from the squad motivated him, and is now more focused than before.

Broad explained, "Of course, you can never guarantee performances, but what I can guarantee at the start of this new era is something I always have done — my heart and soul will go into playing at Lord's.

After being left out over the winter (for the three-Test tour of the West Indies), it is refreshing to be forward facing and only to set my focus in one direction. There will be no looking back because there is no need for it."

In his conclusion, Broad stated that he will talk to McCullum and Stokes about his path ahead and is looking to make an impact for England in any capacity possible.

"There are no long-term targets. I am just trying to have as positive an impact as possible under this regime as soon as possible. At some point, I will need to get into a room with Ben, Brendon and the new selector when they are appointed to ask for some clarity, both what they want for me and what I want from them.

Whether that is seven Test matches, five Test matches, four Test matches, one, whatever, I will be prepared and ready," he concluded.

An absolute legend of the game, Broad has played 152 Tests for England, bagging 537 wickets at an average of 27.80.

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