James Anderson’s absence in the fourth Ashes test in Nottingham will definitely be a massive blow to the plans of England. In Anderson’s absence, it becomes imperative for the highly experienced Stuart Broad to shoulder the responsibility and lead the English bowling attack by example. Broad, before the fourth test has made it absolutely certain that he is ready to lead the charge of the mighty English bowling.

“In Jimmy’s absence it’s going to be up to all the other bowlers to step up,” Broad told the Mail on Sunday.”I’ve probably not got as many wickets as I’d have liked during this series (12 in three matches at 27.41 apiece) but I feel as if I’ve bowled the best I’ve bowled for a long time.”

“You don’t know what’s going to happen but hopefully I’ll take on that extra responsibility to ensure we’re not crying out for Jimmy over the next couple of days,” he further added.

Broad also nears the all rounder’s double of 2000 runs and 300 wickets. “It would have been nice to have got there at Edgbaston but the chance to achieve it at Trent Bridge is incredibly exciting,” he said.”I’m told only 11 players have scored 2,000 runs and taken 300 wickets in the history of the (Test) game so it’s quite illustrious company,” Broad said.

The Nottinghamshire lad also said that the English crowd respected opposition pace spearhead Mitchell Johnson. “He gets masses of stick from the crowd but it’s a sign of how much respect there is for him…He gets stick out of respect. He’s a top cricketer,” Broad said. “You don’t boo someone you’re not interested in do you?”

 

 

 

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