James Anderson admits he’s ‘stopped trying to make sense’ of England situation and bemoans five-minute phone call after being dropped along with Stuart Broad

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England legend James Anderson remains mystified after being dropped for the West Indies tour.

The nation’s leading wicket taker of all-time was left at home alongside Stuart Broad, who is second on that list, with 1,177 Test wickets between them.

Anderson and Broad have both spoken out after being snubbed

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Anderson and Broad have both spoken out after being snubbed

Interim director of cricket Andrew Strauss has spoken about a reset of the Test set-up after the Ashes humiliation in Australia, with an overhaul taking place at the ECB, but refused to rule out a return to the side for Anderson and Broad.

Neither bowler has any plans of stepping aside quietly and Anderson has bemoaned a lack of communication from the England camp.

“I’ve stopped trying to make sense of it and just put it to one side,” the 39-year-old said.

“It was completely out of my control. I’ve got to focus on what I can control and that is bowling as well as I possibly can. Firstly that is here these next two months, try and take as many wickets as I possibly can and see what happens from there.

“Something like this, for me, it’s quite a big deal because it came out of the blue a little bit. I still feel like I’m bowling well.

“I was in the top 10 of the world rankings so I feel like I’m doing a good job for the team. I feel like I’ve got a lot to offer, not just on the field but off it. I’ve really enjoyed working with the other bowlers that are coming through.

Anderson and Broad are England’s two leading Test wicket takers with 640 and 534 respectively

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Anderson and Broad are England’s two leading Test wicket takers with 640 and 534 respectively

“After an Ashes defeat everything comes under scrutiny. There’s lots going on, people losing their jobs and stuff. I would have loved a sit-down, face-to-face, but obviously that’s not always possible in these situations.

“I would have loved more than a five-minute phone call, but again that’s not always possible.

“It’s difficult because there is no one in those positions yet, there is an interim director of cricket and interim head coach. With stuff up in the air like that, I would expect to hear something once those positions are filled.”

When asked if he has heard anything from the England set-up, Anderson replied: “No.”

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