England v Australia, 4th Investec Test, Chester-le-Street, 4th day August 12, 2013

Broad responds to call to 'spice it up'

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Stuart Broad hailed a "special era" in English cricket after bowling England to a third successive Ashes series victory.

Broad, bowling with impressive pace and skill, claimed 11 wickets in the match as England went 3-0 up in the series at the end of the fourth Investec Test. If England win at The Oval, they will become the first England side to win four Tests in an Ashes series at home.

For much of the fourth day of the Durham Test, it seemed Australia might pull-off a remarkable victory. Set 299 to win, Australia cruised to 109 without loss in the afternoon before England captain, Alastair Cook, called upon Broad to "spice it up a bit."

Broad immediately appeared to find another gear and, troubling all the batsmen with his pace and reverse swing, claimed five wickets for 20 runs in 40 balls as Australia lost nine wickets in the final session of the day.

It left Broad, who finished with Test best figures of 11 for 121 in the match, reflecting on a "special" day for English cricket and a series that has been far more closely contested than the score line indicates.

"It was a very special afternoon," Broad said. "In this game, pretty much for each hour, it could have gone either way. Certainly at 40 for 3 in our second innings we were staring down the barrel a bit. Australia have shown in this series what a fighting side they are.

"We gathered ourselves at tea with Australia having won that session without doubt. Our bowlers were too caught up in hitting the deck hard which was a little too far back of a length. But once we got the ball fuller we got the ball to move and we were massively in the game.

"The great thing about this side is we have a lot of experience in the changing room. There are one or two in our dressing room who could become the leading ever [in terms of series wins for England] in the Ashes, which is a special era to play in.

"The guys put their heads together calmly and decided the best way forward. Alastair Cook was clear what he wanted the bowlers to do. We needed to make the Aussies play off the front foot a little bit more.

"Despite the openers beginning well it was a very hard wicket to start on and we always had in the back of our minds that with 300 on the board we can put a lot of pressure on the new batsmen.

"Once we got some early wickets after tea the bowlers got their tails up and we put the new batsmen under pressure. The crowd gave us a huge lift. It was a special moment when we took that final wicket."

Cook agreed that England had not managed to get things quite right with the ball in the first part of Australia's second innings, but was lost for words to describe Broad's match-winning spell.

"If we are totally honest, we didn't quite get it right with the ball," Cook said. "The pitch behaved a little better than we thought it would. This morning the new ball seemed to jag around a bit more for Australia and a few balls kept low. It didn't do that for us and maybe it took us a while to regroup. But fair play to Chris Rogers and David Warner: they batted very well.

"It was a fine spell of bowling from Broad. That's probably not the right adjective either. As a captain and knowing how important how that session was, well, if we lost that session we would have been struggling.

"Broady knew that and the lads knew that. He really charged in. When everything clicks and he is bowling in the high 80s with the control he has, it is incredibly hard to bat against. I said that against New Zealand when he got that seven-for at Lord's.

"Here was more important in terms of the situation of the game and in the Ashes. Words can't justify how good a spell of bowling that was. We also have to recognise the job Tim Bresnan did at the other end. We talk about bowling in partnerships but that end into the wind wasn't doing that much. He really built the pressure which was a huge credit to him. We built an incredible amount of pressure with a lot of good bowling."

The key moment came after a drinks break when Broad produced a brute of a delivery that left Michael Clarke off the pitch and hit the top of off stump. Losing their best batsman seemed to rock Australia's confidence and their middle-order were brushed aside as England's superior experience and confidence became more apparent.

"We went hard at Clarke and that seemed to work," Cook said. "We spiced it up. "As a side in these last 12 months, we have come through tough situations well. And when you have learned how not to get beaten, even when you are up against it, we have the players to take the game by the scruff of the neck

"When you have that experience as a group of players, it gives me as a captain a load of confidence. I can only praise our side, the fielders, everyone who played their part in making sure there was no let up, no partnership that could develop through a mis-field or anything like that.

"We'll enjoy what is a very special day and one that I'm going to look back on with huge fondness.

"We are going to get greedy and try and repeat that at The Oval. But we can think about that with sore heads tomorrow."

George Dobell is a senior correspondent at ESPNcricinfo

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  • IcTP on August 13, 2013, 3:13 GMT

    Broad was exceptional today, but one thing he said struck a nerve. Why is it that these professional pacers, supposedly the best in their countries at what they do, time and time again make the same mistake of "hitting the deck" before eventually figuring out that they can get the ball to talk by pitching it up instead? Is it a question of the stereotypical hotheadedness of a fast bowler? Even if so, surely this is a lesson no one needs to learn more than once?

  • 5wombats on August 14, 2013, 10:43 GMT

    I was bushwalking/camping in southern Queensland rainforests at the time and had the greatest difficulty following the game. No TV where I was! Got an occasional 3G signal on one bar on my friends iPad. Didn't have the bandwidth for Test Match Special so couldn't listen. Managed to follow it through to conclusion on cricinfo commentary at a silly time in the morning. At Tea I nearly gave it up but I thought for sure there will be a twist and that Broad after his first dig exploits might be in the zone so I stayed up. So it proved.... Well done cricinfo guys on commentary - you managed to brilliantly convey the tension through words. I've experienced many England Ashes series victories over the years via either radio or TV - but never through just words, so that's a first. It was well worth staying up for! Thanks for that. As for Broad - well, he repaid my faith. Superb Job! And btw Lamington National Park is superb too!!!

  • 2.14istherunrate on August 13, 2013, 12:15 GMT

    That was a staggering piece of bowling by Broad with Bresnan in support. Australia were cruising it past the 1/2 way mark-though 299 is a always a very difficult stretch. Cook had to have the nous to put on Bresnan because that was the Wicket which counted. But Broad was truly transcendant in that spell,slightly like Willis at Headingley in'81. he is getting quite good at putting the skids under batting side-Lords v NZ was a perfect precursor to this. Broad looked pretty happy from his first ball of the match-there was a look of joy when he realised he was making the ball do things off the wicket and 11 wickets was a fair outcome. Watching 6'8" thundering down on you must be fairly daunting for the batsman.

  • Big_Chikka on August 13, 2013, 11:56 GMT

    i may not be a broad fan, but plz ppl don't hate on him, he was in excellent form, you don't get 11 in game with bad umpiring decisions. well deserved success, professional and at times around 90mph.not bad if you call yourself a bowler who can bat.

  • crockit on August 13, 2013, 11:38 GMT

    Bhati - why exactly does Broad remind you of Cork other than the fact that they are right arm pacemen who bat a bit and are a bit feisty? Broad is much taller, bowls chest forward rather than having a Cork style side on action and bowls seam, cut and a bit of swing whereas cork was renowned mostly for swing and was typically a few mph slower. Closer parallels bowling wise would be the likes of Willis and Walsh.

    When Broad started in tests I got laughed at on BBC forums for predicting that if he stayed fit most of the time would be able to get 5000 runs and 400 wickets, would bowl high 80s and have batting average potentially higher than bowling (mark of a top class test allrounder). T Yet all these predictions look quite reasonable now, albeit that he probably needs to continue rehabilitating his batting.

  • McCricket_ on August 13, 2013, 10:39 GMT

    Well done England, and well played. Contrary to half of the reports decrying Australia's lack of belief (what rubbish) or inability to win, I'd prefer to recognise the superlative efforts of Broad in both innings. I should also recognise England's fightback just when we all thought they were gone. As an Aussie, I felt somehow robbed last night between 2-3am, but on reflection, we didn't lose the game because we didn't believe -- England ripped the game out of our hands on the back of an almost unplayable spell of bowling. Sure, Bresnan was good. Sure, the LBWs could have gone either way without complaint, but Broad had me counting down every over, praying for his spell to end because he was in the zone & red hot.

    Unfortunately, Australia were done for long before his spell ended, and fittingly, Broad was the man to bowl the last ball. If I have to lose, I'd prefer to lose like this having been on top for much of the match, than lose like Lords when stupid rash shots were our undoing

  • Munkeymomo on August 13, 2013, 10:33 GMT

    @crocket: You're right there (although I wouldn't put Warner in). Rogers, Cook , KP, Clarke, Bell, Smith, Haddin, Harris, Swann, Siddle, Jimmy. That was my team before this game, 6 Aussies. Now you could make a case for Broad and Warner, but it probably wouldn't shift the balance much.

  • crockit on August 13, 2013, 9:08 GMT

    Steyn is the best but its not outrageous to claim Jimmy is the most skilful given his ability to swing the ball both ways with excellent disguise. True he has gone missing for a couple of games but that might be down to being knackered. I would rest him for 5th test - there is not much to lose by doing so and a lot to gain in terms of refreshing him and giving say Tremlett an opportunity.

    Its a very odd series. Its intriguing that if you have a composite team based on quality / long term record only 4 Aussies would have a case to be in (Rogers, Clarke, Siddle and Harris). Yet in terms of record this summer it would be 6 or 7 (add Warner, Haddin and even Watson). Trott, Cook and Prior have been stalwarts in the last few years making it remarkable that England are 3-0 up in spite of them being woefully short of form. England have had a bit of luck and turned the tide at crucial points.

  • CricketMaan on August 13, 2013, 9:07 GMT

    OH Dear as an Indian fan I fear more for the new Team India when they play 5 Tests next season. I wonder if the crowds would even come and watch them play for it could all be very one sided if Board, Anderson, Bres all keep up thier form and fitness. And then add Bell, Cook, KP who relish Indian bowling. I haven't even mentioned Swan in those first lines. All I ask is no 5-0 next summer!

  • LALITHKURUWITA on August 13, 2013, 9:02 GMT

    I think English team is very strong as a team. Somebody will put up the hand and play very well to win. Aussies are not playing as a team. Looking forward to final test.

  • IcTP on August 13, 2013, 3:13 GMT

    Broad was exceptional today, but one thing he said struck a nerve. Why is it that these professional pacers, supposedly the best in their countries at what they do, time and time again make the same mistake of "hitting the deck" before eventually figuring out that they can get the ball to talk by pitching it up instead? Is it a question of the stereotypical hotheadedness of a fast bowler? Even if so, surely this is a lesson no one needs to learn more than once?

  • 5wombats on August 14, 2013, 10:43 GMT

    I was bushwalking/camping in southern Queensland rainforests at the time and had the greatest difficulty following the game. No TV where I was! Got an occasional 3G signal on one bar on my friends iPad. Didn't have the bandwidth for Test Match Special so couldn't listen. Managed to follow it through to conclusion on cricinfo commentary at a silly time in the morning. At Tea I nearly gave it up but I thought for sure there will be a twist and that Broad after his first dig exploits might be in the zone so I stayed up. So it proved.... Well done cricinfo guys on commentary - you managed to brilliantly convey the tension through words. I've experienced many England Ashes series victories over the years via either radio or TV - but never through just words, so that's a first. It was well worth staying up for! Thanks for that. As for Broad - well, he repaid my faith. Superb Job! And btw Lamington National Park is superb too!!!

  • 2.14istherunrate on August 13, 2013, 12:15 GMT

    That was a staggering piece of bowling by Broad with Bresnan in support. Australia were cruising it past the 1/2 way mark-though 299 is a always a very difficult stretch. Cook had to have the nous to put on Bresnan because that was the Wicket which counted. But Broad was truly transcendant in that spell,slightly like Willis at Headingley in'81. he is getting quite good at putting the skids under batting side-Lords v NZ was a perfect precursor to this. Broad looked pretty happy from his first ball of the match-there was a look of joy when he realised he was making the ball do things off the wicket and 11 wickets was a fair outcome. Watching 6'8" thundering down on you must be fairly daunting for the batsman.

  • Big_Chikka on August 13, 2013, 11:56 GMT

    i may not be a broad fan, but plz ppl don't hate on him, he was in excellent form, you don't get 11 in game with bad umpiring decisions. well deserved success, professional and at times around 90mph.not bad if you call yourself a bowler who can bat.

  • crockit on August 13, 2013, 11:38 GMT

    Bhati - why exactly does Broad remind you of Cork other than the fact that they are right arm pacemen who bat a bit and are a bit feisty? Broad is much taller, bowls chest forward rather than having a Cork style side on action and bowls seam, cut and a bit of swing whereas cork was renowned mostly for swing and was typically a few mph slower. Closer parallels bowling wise would be the likes of Willis and Walsh.

    When Broad started in tests I got laughed at on BBC forums for predicting that if he stayed fit most of the time would be able to get 5000 runs and 400 wickets, would bowl high 80s and have batting average potentially higher than bowling (mark of a top class test allrounder). T Yet all these predictions look quite reasonable now, albeit that he probably needs to continue rehabilitating his batting.

  • McCricket_ on August 13, 2013, 10:39 GMT

    Well done England, and well played. Contrary to half of the reports decrying Australia's lack of belief (what rubbish) or inability to win, I'd prefer to recognise the superlative efforts of Broad in both innings. I should also recognise England's fightback just when we all thought they were gone. As an Aussie, I felt somehow robbed last night between 2-3am, but on reflection, we didn't lose the game because we didn't believe -- England ripped the game out of our hands on the back of an almost unplayable spell of bowling. Sure, Bresnan was good. Sure, the LBWs could have gone either way without complaint, but Broad had me counting down every over, praying for his spell to end because he was in the zone & red hot.

    Unfortunately, Australia were done for long before his spell ended, and fittingly, Broad was the man to bowl the last ball. If I have to lose, I'd prefer to lose like this having been on top for much of the match, than lose like Lords when stupid rash shots were our undoing

  • Munkeymomo on August 13, 2013, 10:33 GMT

    @crocket: You're right there (although I wouldn't put Warner in). Rogers, Cook , KP, Clarke, Bell, Smith, Haddin, Harris, Swann, Siddle, Jimmy. That was my team before this game, 6 Aussies. Now you could make a case for Broad and Warner, but it probably wouldn't shift the balance much.

  • crockit on August 13, 2013, 9:08 GMT

    Steyn is the best but its not outrageous to claim Jimmy is the most skilful given his ability to swing the ball both ways with excellent disguise. True he has gone missing for a couple of games but that might be down to being knackered. I would rest him for 5th test - there is not much to lose by doing so and a lot to gain in terms of refreshing him and giving say Tremlett an opportunity.

    Its a very odd series. Its intriguing that if you have a composite team based on quality / long term record only 4 Aussies would have a case to be in (Rogers, Clarke, Siddle and Harris). Yet in terms of record this summer it would be 6 or 7 (add Warner, Haddin and even Watson). Trott, Cook and Prior have been stalwarts in the last few years making it remarkable that England are 3-0 up in spite of them being woefully short of form. England have had a bit of luck and turned the tide at crucial points.

  • CricketMaan on August 13, 2013, 9:07 GMT

    OH Dear as an Indian fan I fear more for the new Team India when they play 5 Tests next season. I wonder if the crowds would even come and watch them play for it could all be very one sided if Board, Anderson, Bres all keep up thier form and fitness. And then add Bell, Cook, KP who relish Indian bowling. I haven't even mentioned Swan in those first lines. All I ask is no 5-0 next summer!

  • LALITHKURUWITA on August 13, 2013, 9:02 GMT

    I think English team is very strong as a team. Somebody will put up the hand and play very well to win. Aussies are not playing as a team. Looking forward to final test.

  • oval77 on August 13, 2013, 8:55 GMT

    @gregg22. It's the media-driven nature of the game that such statements will be made and interpreted and misinterpreted. Trick is not to get too upset by it. We in England all enjoy Cricket Australia's regular announcements that the latest kid they've found is the next world-beater. Bird "the new McGrath", Starc "could be the fastest ever", Lyon "the new Warne" (admittedly that one's from a few years back), and the one that's kept me chuckling all these years, Philip "will one day threaten Bradman's record" Hughes. The serious point is, the players have no control over these comparisons. They don't make them and they probably wince when others do. So let's just just judge them on their performance. Sure, Jimmy's had a couple of below-par games, but let's not forget, three weeks ago many Australian posters were sniping at the fact that Eng were overreliant on his skills.

  • liz1558 on August 13, 2013, 8:46 GMT

    amazing spells of bowling by Broad in both innings - he's a bit like John Snow; when he's in the mood he's the most hostile and dangerous fast bowler in the world. Swann is worth a mention here. While the fast bowlers were being flayed alive, it was his spell of bowling that got England back into the match, taking the first two to go and keeping it tight. He has the habit of being England's most consistent and incisive bowler without ever really grabbing the headlines. At Lord's it was because Australia played him badly; at TB he was off his best; and here he was outbowled by Lyon, Broad and Harris. Yet he's got 23 in the series so far - whilst JA has become increasingly toothless - and the best stats of any England bowler for decades. He does a very good job in playing down his success and keeping out of the limelight. That seems to be the secret of his success - he is underrated. Long may it continue.

  • on August 13, 2013, 8:37 GMT

    England bowled very well in the last session after the Australian opening batsmen mad an excellent start. The match could have gone either way, but when it counted most, England stood up. Congratulations England and commiserations Australia and the true winner was Test Match cricket.

  • HughL on August 13, 2013, 8:17 GMT

    Seems we've come along way with this England side. 3-0 up in an Ashes series and still so many people carp about them. Top three not firing, Anderson off the boil, Broad arrogant, Austrlia could have won two Tests, if Bell hadn't got three tons........I could go on.

    That's what winning teams do- someone steps up and wins the game. They can't do it every match unless they're Bradman or Sobers. England deserve credit. Yes they may lose in Oz this winter but at the moment its 4 series from the last 5. Pretty solid

  • on August 13, 2013, 8:17 GMT

    Interesting morning session, suspense in the lunch and Broad came with Hurricane in the final session. Great test match with wonderful result. England proved once again why they were favorite from the beginning of the test match. Australia were on top when they are 147-1. Needed almost 150 odd runs to clinch the victory, but what an outstanding performance by the pacers. Braod remind me of Dominic Cork, one of the best pacer England had in 90's. Ball he bowled to Clarke was absolutely spot on. Turnaround in few overs changes the whole situation. Australians have really forgotten how to win a Match. Although Smith played well, but he is not a test match player at all. Harris is unsung Hero for the Aussies. Wish to see Aussies back on track soon. They have amazing talent in the hut just waiting to see them fire.

  • on August 13, 2013, 8:13 GMT

    Inconsistent umpiring was as big a factor as Broad's bowling.

  • R_U_4_REAL_NICK on August 13, 2013, 8:05 GMT

    @landl47 (post on August 13, 2013, 0:20 GMT): Beat me to it - that's just what I was going to write. So far on these articles/threads, all I've been reading is that England are dependent on Bell, Anderson, Swann, Broad, KP... and in previous series it's been Cook, Trott, Root, Prior... I don't known about you but that sounds like a decent team if we can depend on just about every player at some point or other.

  • on August 13, 2013, 8:04 GMT

    @Gregg22: Anderson bowled England to victory in the first Test match. Graeme Swann did so in the second, and Broad in the fourth. To us, it doesn't matter whether Anderson is taking wickets or not, so long as the others are chipping in where necessary. Even the best players in the world find themselves out of form from time-to-time. It happens. The bottom line here is Australia should have won this Test, but when Broad gets on a roll, he's unplayable, as that jaffer to Clarke proved. When he's in that zone, there is nobody better, anywhere, at all, ever. None. That's what makes him so dangerous.

  • on August 13, 2013, 4:40 GMT

    @Gregg22: I think most people, including us England fans, acknowledge that James Anderson isn't any of those hyperbolic things you mention - he is simply a very good bowler, and for us, that will do just fine. He is out-of-form, however, and needs a rest!

  • TengaZool on August 13, 2013, 4:30 GMT

    Stuart Broad's bowling seems to have improved - just like his on-field behaviour. England would want it to stay that way.

  • Shan156 on August 13, 2013, 4:16 GMT

    Re: @Sussexx comment, "Watson should play in at 4 as he can hold the innings from quick-wickets-falling." well, that could be true if not for that big front leg of his coming in the way. Wait, it could get worse for the Aussies as he would review it too.

  • Gregg22 on August 13, 2013, 3:50 GMT

    I wonder if David Saker changed his mind about Anderson being the most skillful bowler in the world. Or Wasim Akram who said he's "the best of this era...". We can all see how that's turning out. Yes it's only a couple of test matches but one would certainly expect more than an average of 60+ from the 'best bowler in the world' especially on THIS pitch where Harris took 9 and Broad 11! Really jimmy? 2 tailenders? Do they now think it's Broad? Labels can really make you look stupid. Just look at the ICC rankings and don't make up your own!

  • Sussexx on August 13, 2013, 0:36 GMT

    Superb bowling display from Stuart Broad and a marvellous well-patient innings from Ian Bell to win the third test match of the series. I would like to eulogize Kevin, Tim and Jonathan also for this tremendous effort, but ! I must say in order to win the 5th test to clean the series 4-0.... Mr.Matt and Mr.Johny. will definitely have to score at least 150 runs apiece in the whole match otherwise it won't be easy to defeat Aussies in the final match of the series coz you can't always expect runs from the already-run-makers in a remainder. As far as Aussies are concerned... well... Usman Khwaja should be given one last chance and if he wont score then he should be out for the next Ashes .. You can't always rely on Michael Clark as he also can't score and save or win the test for his team especially under his leadership, Siddle should be rested if Ben is fit then he should be in and Watson should play in at 4 as he can hold the innings from quick-wickets-falling. GOOD LUCK AUSSIES AND ENG

  • landl47 on August 13, 2013, 0:20 GMT

    Hey, George- are we going to get an article on 'Are England too dependent on Broad?' to go with the articles about Anderson after Trent Bridge and Swann after Lord's?

  • landl47 on August 13, 2013, 0:18 GMT

    Over the last 3 years, from Summer 2010 to now, Broad has 129 test wickets @25.6. That's a pretty impressive record and but for a couple of fitness issues could be even better. Since he's still only just 27 he could wind up with at least twice as many wickets as his current 212.

    His bowling in this test was terrific. Good lengths, movement and the ability to crank it up when needed- he reached 91mph on the radar gun. If he keeps bowling like this he'll be a real force in world cricket.

  • landl47 on August 13, 2013, 0:18 GMT

    Over the last 3 years, from Summer 2010 to now, Broad has 129 test wickets @25.6. That's a pretty impressive record and but for a couple of fitness issues could be even better. Since he's still only just 27 he could wind up with at least twice as many wickets as his current 212.

    His bowling in this test was terrific. Good lengths, movement and the ability to crank it up when needed- he reached 91mph on the radar gun. If he keeps bowling like this he'll be a real force in world cricket.

  • landl47 on August 13, 2013, 0:20 GMT

    Hey, George- are we going to get an article on 'Are England too dependent on Broad?' to go with the articles about Anderson after Trent Bridge and Swann after Lord's?

  • Sussexx on August 13, 2013, 0:36 GMT

    Superb bowling display from Stuart Broad and a marvellous well-patient innings from Ian Bell to win the third test match of the series. I would like to eulogize Kevin, Tim and Jonathan also for this tremendous effort, but ! I must say in order to win the 5th test to clean the series 4-0.... Mr.Matt and Mr.Johny. will definitely have to score at least 150 runs apiece in the whole match otherwise it won't be easy to defeat Aussies in the final match of the series coz you can't always expect runs from the already-run-makers in a remainder. As far as Aussies are concerned... well... Usman Khwaja should be given one last chance and if he wont score then he should be out for the next Ashes .. You can't always rely on Michael Clark as he also can't score and save or win the test for his team especially under his leadership, Siddle should be rested if Ben is fit then he should be in and Watson should play in at 4 as he can hold the innings from quick-wickets-falling. GOOD LUCK AUSSIES AND ENG

  • Gregg22 on August 13, 2013, 3:50 GMT

    I wonder if David Saker changed his mind about Anderson being the most skillful bowler in the world. Or Wasim Akram who said he's "the best of this era...". We can all see how that's turning out. Yes it's only a couple of test matches but one would certainly expect more than an average of 60+ from the 'best bowler in the world' especially on THIS pitch where Harris took 9 and Broad 11! Really jimmy? 2 tailenders? Do they now think it's Broad? Labels can really make you look stupid. Just look at the ICC rankings and don't make up your own!

  • Shan156 on August 13, 2013, 4:16 GMT

    Re: @Sussexx comment, "Watson should play in at 4 as he can hold the innings from quick-wickets-falling." well, that could be true if not for that big front leg of his coming in the way. Wait, it could get worse for the Aussies as he would review it too.

  • TengaZool on August 13, 2013, 4:30 GMT

    Stuart Broad's bowling seems to have improved - just like his on-field behaviour. England would want it to stay that way.

  • on August 13, 2013, 4:40 GMT

    @Gregg22: I think most people, including us England fans, acknowledge that James Anderson isn't any of those hyperbolic things you mention - he is simply a very good bowler, and for us, that will do just fine. He is out-of-form, however, and needs a rest!

  • on August 13, 2013, 8:04 GMT

    @Gregg22: Anderson bowled England to victory in the first Test match. Graeme Swann did so in the second, and Broad in the fourth. To us, it doesn't matter whether Anderson is taking wickets or not, so long as the others are chipping in where necessary. Even the best players in the world find themselves out of form from time-to-time. It happens. The bottom line here is Australia should have won this Test, but when Broad gets on a roll, he's unplayable, as that jaffer to Clarke proved. When he's in that zone, there is nobody better, anywhere, at all, ever. None. That's what makes him so dangerous.

  • R_U_4_REAL_NICK on August 13, 2013, 8:05 GMT

    @landl47 (post on August 13, 2013, 0:20 GMT): Beat me to it - that's just what I was going to write. So far on these articles/threads, all I've been reading is that England are dependent on Bell, Anderson, Swann, Broad, KP... and in previous series it's been Cook, Trott, Root, Prior... I don't known about you but that sounds like a decent team if we can depend on just about every player at some point or other.

  • on August 13, 2013, 8:13 GMT

    Inconsistent umpiring was as big a factor as Broad's bowling.