James Anderson Defines Stuart Broad’s Role
By CricShots - Mar 16, 2018 12:19 pm
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English pacer James Anderson believes that he can understand why England skipper Joe Root might want to use Stuart Broad as a first-change bowler in the upcoming Test series with New Zealand. Broad, whose tally of 399 Test wickets puts him second on England’s all-time wicket-taker behind Anderson, has not taken the new ball in either of his side’s warm-up games against a New Zealand XI this week.

James Anderson

Instead, Mark Wood and Chris Woakes have opened the bowling with Anderson. On Day 1, England had taken 13 wickets of their second practice match. 

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Asked about Broad’s role, talking to Sky Sports, vice-captain Anderson said: “Obviously he is disappointed. He’s a very proud bloke. We’ve opened the bowling together for a number of years. He has bowled first change in the past and I can see what Joe wants to do with looking to the future, but also having that experience to come on first change.”

James Anderson and Stuart Broad (source: AP Photo)

Broad struggled for most of England’s Ashes loss to Australia, but Anderson has tipped the 31-year-old to shine against the Black Caps. he said, “Stuart has done a lot of work on his activities during the time off between the Ashes and now. The last two games we’ve played, he’s looked a different bowler.”

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James further added, “He looks refreshed, confident, his action looks really strong and he’s getting the ball to move away from the right-handers, which is something he struggled a little bit within recent times. He’s looking really threatening and I think it’s a good option to potentially have him coming on first change.”