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Stuart Broad defended England’s decision to rest key players for the forthcoming five-match ODI series with Australia.
Alastair Cook, James Anderson, Graeme Swann, Ian Bell and Broad himself have all been left out of the squad following the Ashes Test series and that led to former England captain Michael Vaughan suggesting those fans that have already bought tickets should be entitled to a small refund.
Vaughan took to Twitter to question the squad when saying: “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…”
However speaking on the eve of the two-match T20 series for which the Nottinghamshire all-rounder is captain, Broad has said such talk is disrespectful to the players that have been picked .
“I’d be hesitant to be too disrespectful to the players who are going to put on the England shirt and go and play,” he said.
“It’s a hugely-talented squad and there will be some very exciting players who will get their opportunity against the Aussies.
“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.”