London: England off-spinner Graeme Swann is convinced it would be a huge mistake to drop Stuart Broad for the third and final Test match against Sri Lanka, as he believes the “nasty” streak in the fast bowler is a crucial factor in the team’s ambition to become the world’s No.1 Test nation.
Swann jumped to Broad’s defence after growing calls from cricket legends like Ian Botham and Michael Holding for Broad to face the axe.
“I’d be amazed if Broady wasn’t picked because he’s one of the best bowlers in the world,” a leading daily quoted Swann, as saying.
“He can be a bit of a bastard when he bowls, but you need that as a fast bowler. I don’t want my fast bowlers to be friendly and happy to bowl half-volleys. I want them to be nasty pieces of work who want to knock people’s heads off.”
“Broad’s a beautiful boy, but he is a nasty piece of work when he has a ball in his hand. Basically, you need that in anybody who bowls fast,” he added.
Broad has taken 105 Test wickets at an average of 35.97.
England is currently 1-0 up in the three-match Test series, and must avoid defeat in the Rose Bowl Test to win their fifth straight series.