Broad thrilled to be back in England fold ahead of New Zealand Test

‘I’m flying!’ Stuart Broad thrilled to be back in England fold ahead of New Zealand Test after he and James Anderson were dumped for West Indies tour… and Nottingham Forest’s Premier League promotion has only enhanced his mood!

  • Broad is delighted to be back in the England squad for New Zealand series 
  • Fast bowler was dropped for England’s tour of West Indies earlier this year
  • But new coach Brendon McCullum and captain Ben Stokes brought him back
  • Broad was also thrilled to see his beloved Nottingham Forest win promotion  

Stuart Broad feels like he is ‘flying’ now he is back in the England squad following his winter omission for the West Indies tour.

New captain Ben Stokes and coach Brendon McCullum have brought Broad and James Anderson back into the fold for the first Test against New Zealand at Lord’s, which starts on Thursday.

Broad, who is also basking in the glory of Nottingham Forest winning promotion to the Premier League at Wembley on Sunday, said: ‘I am flying, I am just excited to be around.

Stuart Broad admitted he was ‘flying’ after being restored to the England squad

Broad and his bowling partner James Anderson are back for the series against New Zealand

‘The chance of being at the home of cricket and the home of football in the same week, if you’d have told my 12-year-old self that I wouldn’t have believed you.

‘It is going to be a great week.’

Broad is looking forward to a new era under Stokes and McCullum and is excited for the future.

‘Very much so,’ he added. ‘It was a big change in the leadership above the team’s head and there are really good guys there and we are looking forward to getting moving on the pitch.

Broad was at Wembley to see his beloved Nottingham Forest win promotion on Sunday

Forest beat Huddersfield Town 1-0 at Wembley to return to the Premier League after 23 years

New captain Ben Stokes (left) didn’t hesitate to bring Broad back in for the upcoming series

‘We have only been together as a squad since Monday morning. Brendan and Stokesy have led one training session and we go again this afternoon.

‘There is an exciting feel to the group. We went to St George’s Park last week for a couple of days and the team meal that night there was a lot of energy and a lot of focus to get going for an international summer.’

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