Stuart Broad`s place under threat for 1st Test

London: The spearhead of England`s pace attack but off-colour for quite a while now, Stuart Broad`s place in the team is under threat for the opening cricket Test against India starting July 21 at the Lord`s.

Although his name figures in the squad announced for the match but he is facing stiff challenge from seamer Tim Bresnan for a place in the playing XI.

England team director Andy Flower has offered mild criticism for his performance this season.

"I didn`t think he bowled as badly as his figures suggested against Sri Lanka. I`ve got a lot of respect for Broad as a young cricketer," Flower was quoted as saying by the newspapers.

"He`s got pace and bounce and he`s a great competitor - but he can be more accurate. I`ve heard some crazy stuff about him being - and I hate this word - an `enforcer`.

"His job is to create pressure and to take wickets and to do that you generally bowl at off stump. So his job is not to rough up the opposition. It is not to be this ridiculous `enforcer`," he added.


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