Broad in Mumbai Test scare

Discussion in 'Cricket Talk' started by Rain., Nov 22, 2012.

  1. Rain.

    Rain. Active Member

    England's hopes of fighting their back in the series against India have been dealt another blow by the news that Stuart Broad was unable to train less than 24 hours ahead of the second Test in Mumbai.

    Broad, described by an England and Wales Cricket Board spokesman as "under the weather", remained in the hotel and was not not join his teammates at training. His absence casts a serious doubt over his fitness for the game. England lost the first Test in Ahmedabad by nine wickets.

    Sir Ian Botham, a former England captain, had been among those to call for Broad to be dropped in Mumbai after a poor showing in the first Test at Ahmedabad.

    Broad was out-bowled by both Indian seamers, Zaheer Khan and Umesh Yadev, in Ahmedabad. He looked to have lost some pace and, as a consequence, lacked the potency to strike on pitches offering little. Since June, his bowling average is 48.54 and his batting average is 14.

    England are already without Ian Bell, who has returned to England on paternity leave, and Steven Finn, who has a thigh injury. They were at least given some encouraging news when scans showed no serious injuryto Finn. He will, as a consequence, remain in India and hopes to participate in the England Performance Programme squad's game starting on November 27.

    Broad's absence could well mean an opportunity for the uncapped Stuart Meaker, the 23-year-old Surrey quick, who was called into the squad only after Finn suffered injury in the first warm-up game, and who has impressed in training and in the warm-up game against Haryana.

    Tim Bresnan played in the first Test but looked some way below his best, while Graham Onions has also struggled for rhythm on the tour. Meaker, with his extra pace and ability to swing the ball, could well find himself promoted.

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  2. Binning

    Binning Arkham Knight Staff Member

    Where is this news on Cricinfo?
  3. Rain.

    Rain. Active Member

  4. Binning

    Binning Arkham Knight Staff Member


    Now this is gonna be interesting.... With Finn already out who will play for Broad? Bresnan or Onions?
  5. Rain.

    Rain. Active Member

    Meaker or Onions...
  6. Rager

    Rager Active Member Staff Member

    They should go with 3 spinners and 1 seamer. Patel, Panesar, Swann and Anderson.
  7. Binning

    Binning Arkham Knight Staff Member

    Patel's an All-Rounder and he was in the team in last match as well. So you are missing an bowler :dry:

    England will lose as they won't be able to complete the 30% Quota :dry:
  8. Rain.

    Rain. Active Member

  9. Rager

    Rager Active Member Staff Member

    Maybe then Bond will realize 30% quota is rubbish.
  10. Cabinet96

    Cabinet96 New Member

    LOL. Yeah, play 3 frontline bowlers.

  11. CoverDrive

    CoverDrive Well-Known Member Staff Member


    A fast bowler gets injured everyday these days...
  12. Cabinet96

    Cabinet96 New Member

    Would go with Meaker tbh. Onions' wouldn't be very suited to India IMO, and it's reflected in the tour match averages.