Stuart Broad insists his absence from a scheduled public appearance on Thursday morning has been blown out of all proportion, Sky Sports reports. Broad missed a sponsor’s event after reports claimed he had not returned to his hotel until 7am following a lengthy drinking session with former team-mates Matt Prior and Andrew Flintoff. The 28-year-old tried to draw a line under the incident by claiming he had woken up with a migraine and says everyone must now stay focused on winning the forthcoming series against New Zealand
“I don’t want to go into massive detail about it but I think it was probably not as bad as it was portrayed. And I woke up with a migraine,” Broad said. “I wasn’t on England duty for the ECB but I did apologise for putting them in that position because after the week they’ve had with (Andrew) Strauss and Pietersen, it was probably not what they needed. “I feel like now is the time as a team that we need to go ‘cricket, cricket, cricket’ because when we do that, that is generally when get some good results.
“We’ve got to win games. Sport is that sort of world. If you’re losing you deserve to get that sort of crap. If you’re winning you generally get less crap and people enjoy watching you more. “As players all we can do is take our catches, take our wickets and score runs. And if we win games, people will want to watch us. “It’s vital to win this series against New Zealand. It’s a good opportunity going into the first Test for us to concentrate on the actual cricket, how we are going to up our game, get results and how we are going to up our love for cricket as a country.”
The international future of Kevin Pietersen continues to be a major talking point following director of cricket Andrew Strauss’ decision not to include the 34-year-old in England’s plans this summer. Broad says everyone must now abide by that decision and claims he has not spoken to anyone around the England setup about the South Africa-born batsman. “As a player underneath Strauss you have to back the selectors and Strauss for making the decision,” he said.
“Only time can tell if that was the right decision. If we lose the Ashes, there will be a lot of pressure. We can only wait and see. “The biggest point is that players don’t have a choice over who they’re playing with. Selectors do a lot of investigation into the players they want around the team. They put a lot of time into developing that.
“I’ve genuinely not spoken to anyone above me or to anyone in the team about Kevin.”