Sri Lanka vs England: Stuart Broad could play a big role in Tests, feels Joe Root
Stuart Road's place in the England team for the Galle Test is not certain. @Getty

England skipper Joe Root has not ruled out a place for Stuart Broad in the first Test against against Sri Lanka in Galle next week, at a venue where spin is expected to have a bigger role to play than pace.

Amid growing speculation that the fast bowler could be axed for the series opener starting November 6, Root has stated that Broad will have a role to play on tour.

“Stuart definitely has an opportunity to play in the Tests. Like with the rest of the guys, the four days coming up are a great opportunity to put a case,” Root said in Colombo. “Ultimately, the XI will come down to the balance of the side. We have some time now to work out what that will be. I wouldn’t say it’s a changing of the guard and wouldn’t say Stuart is in a weaker position than previously.

“He could still definitely play a massive part in the three-match series and definitely the first Test is an option. But we’ve struggled away from home a number of times, so finding a different formula — with him or without him — is important.”

Broad claimed 23 wickets in seven home Tests against Pakistan and India this year.