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ENG vs WI: Skipper Ben Stokes has no regrets over dropping Stuart Broad

Stand-in captain Ben Stokes won t regret the decision to drop Stuart Broad from the side despite losing the first Test against the West Indies but lauded the senior pacer s burning desire to play for England. England lost the series-opener by four wickets with Jermaine Blackwood leading the West Indies to a gripping four-wicket win on the final day. Broad minced no words in railing the decision, saying he felt angry, frustrated and gutted . Stokes said Broad s reaction was natural. Stuart s interview was absolutely brilliant. For a guy who has played over 100 Tests and taken the amount of wickets he has to have that emotion and desire still burning inside is amazing, Stokes told BBC Sport. Broad has claimed 485 wickets in 138 Tests and 178 in 121 ODIs. Stokes defended the selection for the first Test, which marked the resumption of international cricket since March. In terms of the selection, if I was to regret that it doesn t send a very good message to the guys who played. We went with the decision that pace would do better for us in the long run on this game. You make decisions and you ve got to stand by them. I m not the type of person to look back and regret them. England were bowled out for 204 in the first innings after deciding to bat in damp conditions and squandered strong position on the fourth day. We all know where we made the errors. You have to be good enough to put first-innings runs on the board, no matter what the conditions. We put another 60, 70 or 80 runs on what they had to chase and it s a completely different game, said Stokes, who led in place of Joe Root, who was on a paternity leave. Catch up on all the latest sports news and updates here. Also download the new mid-day Android and iOS apps to get latest updates. Mid-Day is now on Telegram. Click here to join our channel (@middayinfomedialtd) and stay updated with the latest news This story has been sourced from a third party syndicated feed, agencies. Mid-day accepts no responsibility or liability for its dependability, trustworthiness, reliability and data of the text. Mid-day management/ reserves the sole right to alter, delete or remove (without notice) the content in its absolute discretion for any reason whatsoever

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