The 34-year-old England pacer Stuart Broad has returned to the ongoing Manchester Test against West Indies after missing out the previous Test at Southampton. The legendary Indian cricketer Sachin Tendulkar backed this experienced England pacer.
Stuart Broad is England’s second-most Test and international wicket-taker. In recent times, Broad is in great form in the Test cricket as he was England’s leading wicket-taker during the Ashes 2019 at home and the Test series in South Africa. Before the latest Southampton Test, where the opening game of the ongoing three-match Test series against West Indies was played, Broad appeared in consecutive 51 home Tests since 2012.
While England lost that Southampton Test by four wickets, they were also criticised for excluding the in-form pacer Stuart Broad. However, Broad has returned to England playing XI in the ongoing second Test of this series at Old Trafford (Manchester), which started on Thursday (16th July).
There is a spring in Stuart Broad’s walk: Sachin Tendulkar
Sachin Tendulkar has supported Broad’s return to the English Test playing XI. The legendary Indian cricketer feels that Broad has plenty to show on the field.
Tendulkar tweeted on Friday (17th July), “There is a spring in @StuartBroad8’s walk and I have a feeling that he is out on the field with plenty to show. #ENGvWI”
— Sachin Tendulkar (@sachin_rt) July 17, 2020
Stuart Broad delivered five overs on the late day two
In this crucial Manchester Test, West Indies captain Jason Holder decided to field first after winning the toss. English Opener Dom Sibley and the Test vice-captain Ben Stokes batted patiently and hit centuries to set up a good first innings total for the hosts. While Sibley scored 120 runs off 372 balls (5 fours), Stokes scored 176 runs off 356 balls (17 fours and 2 sixes). Their centuries helped England to score 469/9 before declaring that innings.
In reply, West Indies were batting on 32/1 at the stumps on the second day as the opener John Campbell (12) was dismissed by Sam Curran. At the end of that day, Stuart Broad had the bowling figures of 5-1-14-0.