Vaughan said that he would axe the Nottinghamshire pace bowler following the nine-wicket defeat to Pakistan at Lord’s because the England side are too comfortable and need “ruffling”.
Broad said he was angered by the comments, made on BBC Radio 5 Live, but insisted that he held no grudge against his former international team-mate.
“I called him (Vaughan) and expressed disappointment in his comments,” said Broad, who was England’s best bowler with 3-38 yesterday as the hosts dismissed Pakistan for 174 before closing day one on 106-2.
“I’m friends with Vaughany; he’s great company and I’m very open to criticism, and I’m not going to hold a personal grudge. I understand criticism. I get it.
“I like hearing different people’s opinions. I respect everyone’s opinion most of the time. I just thought it was a bit unfair and a bit targeted really.”
Broad denied that he used such criticism to help motivate him yesterday, where England looked a side transformed from their setback at Lord’s.
“I don’t think that it stung me into action,” he said. “At this level, you’ve always got a point to prove, and I know myself that I’m bowling well. As a team, we didn’t do ourselves justice at Lord’s, and we left the ground angry as players.”