Stuart Broad labels Michael Vaughan 'disrespectful' over ODI comments

Former Test captain suggested fans should ask for a refund

England Twenty20 captain Stuart Broad has labelled former skipper Michael Vaughan "disrespectful" for hitting out at the national side's decision to rest several England players for the upcoming one-day internationals against Australia in the coming weeks.

Vaughan said on Twitter that England fans should be offered a partial refund after it was announced one-day captain Alastair Cook, batsman Ian Bell, off-spinner Graeme Swann and seamers James Anderson and Broad himself would be absent from the five-match NatWest Series, starting on September 6.

However, captain Broad has defended the decision, believing certain players in the squad need a rest and that their replacements will be more than a match for Australia.

"I think they're (Vaughan's comments) disrespectful to the side that's going to go out on the field," Broad told a press conference.

"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 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."

Vaughan thought it unfair of England to sell tickets to fans that would have been under the impression they would get to see most of the Ashes winners in action.

Kevin Pietersen, Joe Root, Jonathan Trott and Steven Finn were the only players selected in the ODI squad that played some part in the Ashes.

Vaughan tweeted on Tuesday: "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..."

PA

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