Stuart Broad blasts Michael Vaughan for criticising decision to rest players
London: England Twenty20 captain Stuart Broad has accused former skipper Michael Vaughan of being "disrespectful" for criticising the decision to rest several leading players from the upcoming one-day internationals against Australia.
Test skipper Alastair Cook, Ian Bell, James Anderson, Graeme Swann and Broad himself, who all featured in the recent 3-0 Ashes series win, were all left out of the squads announced Tuesday for the lone one-dayer against Ireland and the five-match ODI campaign against Australia.
Australia too have made wholesale changes -- only seven of their 18-man ODI squad played in the Test series -- and it's clear both countries are already looking ahead to the return Ashes in Australia in November.
"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!!!!," Vaughan wrote on Twitter.
"No problems resting players but I think Supporters who have paid good money to watch the best should get a small refund."
However, England Twenty20 captain Broad, who will lead his side in the first T20 international against Australia in Southampton on Thursday, said Wednesday: "I think they're (Vaughan's comments) disrespectful to the side that's going to go out on the field.
"There's guys who have performed throughout the county season to get a chance at the international level.
"As an ODI team, we're building towards that 2015 World Cup (where) you need to have a big group of players going into that World Cup with experience of international caps.
"They wouldn't be in the squad if they're not good enough to play and that ODI squad will be very focused on beating Australia.
"I know if I was paying to go and watch, I'd want to go and watch England beat Australia, that's it."
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Date 09-10-13, Duration 0:40, Views 19959