July 6, 2011

English cricket

Dropping Stuart Board would do him good

Tariq Engineer

Stuart Broad may be England's new one-day captain but he remains wicketless after the first three games against Sri Lanka, continuing his struggles to take regular wickets in recent times. Writing in the Guardian, Vic Marks makes the case that a spell on the sidelines might be the best thing for Broad as it would allow him to figure out his problems and come back stronger.

Broad himself must be desperate. Why else would he take the umpire Billy Bowden to task at Headingley for declining to give Jeevan Mendis lbw? That decision had no bearing on the outcome of the match since the appeal was made after the penultimate ball of the Sri Lanka innings. It could only affect Broad's bowling figures. That final column would be barren no more if only Bowden would raise his finger. It is a very bad sign that Broad should lose it over such a trifling matter.

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Tariq Engineer is a former senior sub-editor at ESPNcricinfo

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