London: England fast bowler Stuart Broad took to Twitter to aplogise to fans for their nine-wickets thrashing at the hands of India in the Ahmedabad Test, but the vice-captain also slammed former player Sir Ian Botham for his negative analysis of the players during the match.
Broad told his fans to ignore the comments from former players who are now working in the media.
“India outplayed us. A few positives but on the whole poor so sorry for that. Onwards and upwards,” the Telegraph quoted Broad’s tweet, as saying.
“And before u listen to too many ex playing ‘experts’ being negative, ask them if they ever won a Test series in India...#28years” he further tweeted.
Botham was one to question the selection of the team, suggesting the dressing room had become ‘too matey, matey’ before saying Broad should be left out as one of four changes to the side for the second Test.
Botham responded to Broad’s comments by sending him a message on Twitter stating “Didn’t average 40+ with the ball overseas...! Not sure what I scored against India with the bat..?”
It was not difficult to work out the point Botham was making, as he scored two centuries and averaged 61 in India.
Earlier this year Kevin Pietersen was fined by England for criticising Nick Knight, a Sky commentator, on Twitter but Broad is unlikely to face disciplinary action.