London: England fast bowler Stuart Broad appears to have fired up for the fourth one-day international against Sri Lanka on Wednesday, after the visitor’s coach, Stuart Law, waved a red rag in his direction.
Law, whose side leads in the current series two games to one, said: “It is not too difficult to work out England’s plans. They just try to knock our heads off. They just throw everything at us. But our confidence is sky high. We are not worrying too much about what they are doing. We’re ready for anything.”
Law described England’s chosen tactics at Lord’s as “going to Bodyline”, with Dinesh Chandimal targeted specifically, but spinner Graeme Swann says Broad is at his best when he bowls as fast and aggressively as he can.
A daily quoted Swann, as saying: “Broady seems to be the scapegoat at the minute. If it’s not KP, it’s him that people circle around and have a go at, but people need to lay off him a bit.”
He added: “He is one of the best bowlers in England, certainly in my top two, and I love his aggression and the streak of nastiness about him because you definitely need that as a bowler. I don’t want to see our fast bowlers opening a kitten sanctuary; I want to see them bowling bouncers and breaking people’s fingers.”
Since returning home from the World Cup early with a side strain, Broad has struggled to find form. In the Test series against Sri Lanka, he took eight wickets. He then failed to strike in the Twenty20 at Bristol and the three subsequent ODIs, despite firing down nearly 40 overs.
Broad has also been dogged by minor niggles. But he knows he has to adjust his aim from the top of off stump to the top of the helmet as the side’s designated enforcer.