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England's Stuart Broad holds the ball to celebrate taking 500 wickets Martin Rickett/Pool via AP
England's Stuart Broad holds the ball to celebrate taking 500 wickets Martin Rickett/Pool via AP

Stuart Broad Wants ICC To Look Into The Soft Signal Rule

Stuart Broad wants ICC to look into the matter of the soft signal after a controversial call during the ongoing England and New Zealand Test match. The debate on whether soft signals should be banned from the game keeps coming up.

The topic gained attention during the recent limited-overs T20I series between India and England when Suryakumar Yadav was given out contentiously when the fielder Dawid Malan at the boundary rope (fine-leg) seemed to touch the ball while taking a clean catch.

Dawid Malan claimed the catch, but replays showed that he might have grassed it. Suryakumar Yadav was eventually ruled out which raised a furore over how the on-field umpire can give a decision (read ‘soft signal’) when he does not have a clear sight of the incident in real-time.

England's Dawid Malan successfully takes the catch to dismiss India's Suryakumar Yadav. (Photo by Jewel SAMAD / AFP)
England’s Dawid Malan successfully takes the catch to dismiss India batsman Suryakumar Yadav. (Photo by Jewel SAMAD / AFP)

Stuart Broad: One Can See From England Players Reaction That Devon Conway Was Caught But It Was Not To Be

Now, Stuart Broad seems to be one of the many voices to suggest a complete stop on soft signal following a controversial moment on the second day of the ongoing Test against New Zealand at Edgbaston. The incident occurred when the home team was desperate to get the wicket of in-form batsman Devon Conway.

Stuart Broad induced an edge from the batsman and he was confident that fielder Zak Crawley had taken a clean catch. But the on-field umpires were unsure whether the catch was caught perfectly and hence they went upstairs with a soft signal of not out being given to the TV umpire Michael Gough.

As with the soft signals, if the on-field umpires give not out then there should be conclusive evidence for the TV umpire to overturn the decision.  In Devon Conway’s case, the umpires failed to find any evidence and Michael Gough eventually stuck with the soft signal thereby ruling Devon Conway not out.

Devon Conway celebrates his century on debut PA Images via Getty Images
Devon Conway celebrates his century on debut PA Images via Getty Images

The southpaw went on to score 80 runs and put the visitors in ascendancy. Stuart Broad was not impressed by this verdict and has asked the ICC to make do with this rule of the soft signal.

“You can see from our reaction on the field that we thought it was out,” Broad told Sky Sports before play on the third day.

“Zak thought he had his fingers under the ball and you only have to look at Joe Root’s reaction at first slip and James Bracey’s reaction behind the stumps – who are a yard away from it – to know that that ball has carried.”

Devon Conway, who cemented his place in the side with 200 on debut in the series opener at Lord’s, produced another valuable, though not chance-less, innings of 80. And, while he would have been disappointed not to press on to triple figures again, a gutsy 82 from Will Young – in the side as a replacement for injured captain Kane Williamson – mitigated the damage.

Stuart Broad Empathized With The Umpires On The Soft Signal Rule

The veteran right-arm pacer though supported the umpires by saying that it’s their job to send upstairs if they are not sure about the catch taken cleanly. Stuart Broad felt the umpires are always put in these tricky situations and he feels for them.

“It’s actually the ruling that’s putting the umpires in a really difficult situation. It’s having to get a soft signal. You’re going upstairs because you’re not sure whether it’s carried or not. So then to have to give an opinion whether you think it has, puts the umpire in a really tricky position. Then the third umpire’s hands are tied a little bit with whatever that on-field call is,” the fast bowler said.

England's Stuart Broad. (Photo by Jon Super / POOL / AFP)
England’s Stuart Broad. (Photo by Jon Super / POOL / AFP)

Having resumed on 229 for 3, still, 74 runs behind, New Zealand lost their remaining seven wickets for 96 runs, but that wasn’t quick enough for England, who collapsed to 76 for 7 still nine runs adrift, only clawing their way ahead via an eighth-wicket partnership between Mark Wood and Olly Stone.

The home side was left reeling at 3 for 30 as Matt Henry tore through their top order on either side of tea and by the close, they were nine down and just 37 runs ahead,

England 303 and 122 for 9 (Wood 29, Wagner 3-18, Henry 3-36) lead New Zealand 388 (Young 82, Conway 80, Taylor 80, Broad 4-48) by 37 runs

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Stuart Broad. (Photo by Adrian DENNIS / AFP)

Darren Gough Surprised With England’s Decision To Snub Stuart Broad For First Test

Former England cricketer Darren Gough, who has played 159 ODIs and 58 Tests, is shocked with England’s decision to drop the experienced pacer Stuart Broad in the first Test match against West Indies, which is being played in Southampton.

Apart from Stuart Broad, the allrounder Chris Woakes has also been dropped from the first Test while Mark Wood and Jofra Archer alongside James Anderson have been included in the playing XI. 

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Darren Gough. (Photo by Matthew Horwood/Getty Images)

The interim captain Ben Stokes, who took the place of regular Test captain Joe Root as he attends his childbirth, had opined that it was a tough decision to drop Broad and Woakes. 

“Very, very tough decision with [leaving out] Broad and Woakes but we feel with Woody and Jofra’s pace it adds another dimension,” Stokes said.

Interestingly, Stuart Broad will miss his first home England Test since 2012

However, the veteran Darren Gough is disappointed with his countrymen’s decision. He believes that Stuart Broad would have formed a perfect pair with James Anderson for the conditions in Southampton. He even said that the team should have shown respect and trusted the experience that Broad carries. 

I am really surprised: Darren Gough on Stuart Broad being sidelined

James Anderson, Stuart Broad
Stuart Broad and James Anderson. Image Credit: Getty Images.

“(I’m) really surprised,” Gough said on a Sky Sports’ show.

“Because when you talk about sticking with players , I thought with the Broad situation, he has stood up and been counted for England over the past few years, when Jimmy has been limping out of games with injury,” he added.

“I would’ve played both Broad and Anderson in this game – I think they deserve that respect – and then then I would’ve gone for one of Wood or Archer,” he maintained. 

Meanwhile, the first day of the first Test match was interrupted by rain and the day ended with England at 35 for one. The West Indies fast bowler Shannon Gabriel picked the wicket of the opening batsman Dominic Sibley for a duck. 

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Shane Warne and Mark Waugh. (Photo by David Jones - PA Images/PA Images via Getty Images)

Former England Fast Bowler Darren Gough Picks His All-Time XI

Well, choosing all-time best XI is always a tough job, as it needs a lot of calculations and the team balance to go with. The latest to take that task is the former England cricketer Darren Gough, who picked his All-time best XI. The list has been dominated by the Australian players.

Despite including more Australian players, none would question his selection, as all the players got the calibre to take the game away from the opposition. Apart from 4 Australian players, he picked 2 Pakistan players, 2 South African players, one each from West Indies, India and New Zealand.

The flamboyant cricketer Darren Gough picked Martin Crowe of New Zealand and India’s Sachin Tendulkar to open the innings for his side. Both of them enjoyed quite a bit of success for their respective teams and also garnered a huge name for their performances for the country during their illustrious career.

Darren Gough, Sachin Tendulkar

Steve Waugh to lead the side:

Following them, Darren Gough asked his rival Ricky Ponting to bat at number 3 position. The talented right-handed batsman is one of the best batsmen the world has ever witnessed. For number 4, he chose the all-time legendary Brian Lara.

Following Brian Lara, it is the all-time best all-rounder Jacques Kallis, who will be batting in the middle-order for his side. He is accompanied by the ever-stylish Steve Waugh while Adam Gilchrist is the next man to walk into the crease.

Ashes 2017-18, Steve Waugh, Alastair Cook, Challenge, Vaunted Pace Attack, Micthell Starc, Josh Hazlewood, Australia,
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Steve Waugh will be leading the team as well. That could be a formidable middle-order batting the world could ever see. Then comes yet another Australian into the side. He picked Shane Warner in the spin section.

Coming to the fast bowling department, he asked Allan Donald to join Wasim Akram and Waqar Younis in the team. All in all, the squad looks complete that can beat any kind of team on its day.

Darren Gough picks his All-time XI:

Martin Crowe, Sachin Tendulkar, Ricky Ponting, Brian Lara, Jacques Kallis, Steve Waugh (C), Adam Gilchrist (wk), Shane Warne, Allan Donald, Wasim Akram, Waqar Younis

Darren Gough, Australia, England, India, ICC World Cup 2019
Gough believes Australia can win the title. (Photo by Matthew Horwood/Getty Images)

ICC World Cup 2019: Darren Gough Picks Australia Over Favourites England and India

Former England fast bowler has opted for a challenge by picking Australia to defend their World Cup title. It’s pertinent that Australia has won the 2015 World Cup after thumping arch-rivals New Zealand by seven wickets at the Melbourne Cricket Ground (MCG). Meanwhile, the ICC World Cup 2019 will get underway on May 30 in London. Thus, he believes the Aussie team could give a tough time to already favourites England and India this gruelling summer.

“I’m going to go with Australia. I  hate saying it. I really do. But I am going with Australia,” Gough revealed on preview show for the ICC Cricket World Cup 2019.

Meanwhile, Justin Langer’s Kangaroos will be keen to dominate this summer while availing back the services of senior batsmen; Steven Smith and David Warner.

While speaking of chopping and changes, Gough is confident of seeing Australia in good stead.

“I believe they’re now in a good place. They’ve made a lot of changes and I think they’ve got all bases covered, especially with [David] Warner and [Steve] Smith coming back in,” Gough elaborated.

Overall, Australia has won five World Cups so far apart from making it to the two finals since 1975.

The reigning champions had faced a torrid time since the ball-tampering scandal had unfolded in March 2018.

Resurgent Australia aims high ahead of the ICC World Cup:

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Australia ready for the summer challenge. Photo Credit: Getty Images.

However, in 2019, the resurgent side had strengthened their case. They went on to beat India before routing Pakistan 5-0 in the United Arab Emirates (UAE). Thus, they’ve continued with the winning streak of eight ODIs.

“Australia have not been in a good place over the past year. But they find a way come the big tournaments to deliver,” added Gough.

Notably, Smith and Warner have partaken in the recently held Indian Premier League (IPL). The southpaw Warner has ended up on finishing as the leading run scorer. He won the Orange Cap for his 692 runs in just 12 matches.

Darren Gough hails Aaron Finch and Warner:

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Warner and Finch are crucial for Australia. Photo Credit: Getty Images.

The 48-year-old Gough conceded that Australia is a strong batting unit. He remarked that skipper Aaron Finch alongside Warner could take away the game from opposition given their aggressive brand of play.

“I really, really like the look of them [Australia]. [Aaron] Finch and Warner can take a game away from you. Smith in the middle order is perfect. From the batting side, they’ve got every base covered. I think they could be very, very strong in this tournament,” Gough said.

The boys in Baggy Green will start their World Cup campaign at Bristol where they will lock horns with Afghanistan on June 1st.