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Tuesday, December 07, 2010


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I do hope Broad recovers soon but I have never rated him highly.He bowls short and doesn't get the awkward bounce that Freddie used to get.He continues to average over 35 as a bowler which is hardly world class.

If he bowls like he did in the second innings at Hobart, Tremlett should do better as he bowled a fuller length and was able to move the ball. Having said that I again wish a speedy recovery for Broad.

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I havent checked the stats, but my guess is that Broads average over the last 18-24 months is much better than 35. He is getting better and better in my view and didnt get the wickets he deserved in Brisbane or Adelaide. I agree though that England shouldnt miss him too much in Perth at least as the likely replacement Tremlett is arguably and potentially a better bowler in Australian conditions. I wouldnt be surprised to see him putting a MOM performance in at the WACA.


Broad's average is 37 this year and it has to be said that all the bowlers got the chance to bowl on bowler friendly conditions in England.

It is his tendency to bowl short which is a worry.I am not a fan of Boycott but he makes some interesting observations.

Boycott on Broad after the first test,

"Stuart Broad bowled too short and needs to be reminded to pitch the ball up on that awkward length where batsmen are not sure whether to come forward or stay back. Many bouncers were too short and ineffective. They may have looked good but they were harmlessly going over the batsmen’s head. When he bangs it in short he needs accuracy to aim at the batsman’s ribs, high chest or neck area which is pretty awkward for the batsman to keep the ball down"

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