Broad’s struggles continue

July 4, 2011 at 3:02 pm Leave a comment

England’s decision to stick by a clearly out of form Stuart Broad seems to be set to continue after new one-day captain Alastair Cook came out in defence of the bowler. Broad came through his third successive game against Sri Lanka without claiming a wicket, as the tourists claimed a six wicket victory at Lords, taking a 2-1 lead in the NatWest Series. Broad will now head to his home ground at Trent Bridge, looking to dramatically improve his current series figures of 0-154. Those placing cricket bets know he needs to find some form soon.

After being awarded the T20 captaincy, Broad has looked well short of the kind of form he has shown for England over the past few years. Not only has his bowling been erratic, Broad has also once again found himself in hot water for lack of discipline during a match. The 25-year-old was fined 50% of his match fee after a confrontation with umpire Billy Bowden at Headingley, following an unsuccessful lbw appeal.

While admitting Broad’s form isn’t where it needs to be, Cook has come out in support of his bowler, insisting it’s just a matter of time before the Notts man comes good again.

“At the moment it’s not quite going for Broady, a bit like the Test matches. But this is what cricket does, and if he gets five-for next time on his home ground it will be welcome,” he said.

With an in-form Chris Tremlett chomping at the bit, Broad may need to start finding some form quicker than he would normally be given by the seemingly ever-patient England selectors.


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