Well this is the thing with Broad...one day is absolutely twaddle the next he is absolutely world-class......both he and jimmy bowled beautifully this morning and afternoon. Was a real joy to watch. Shame it wasn't more competitive.
I wasn't exactly slagging him off, just suggesting he should go back to the counties mainly to find some batting form. One swallow does not make a summer, and if every player I was critical off picked up form them I'm happy to be made to look a bit silly.
Broad is capable of such feats, just doesn't do it often enough as I said. And there's every chance his 7/44 will again be half his wickets in the series, or more. Now if you'd said I was slagging off Bell, then that might be closer to the mark, although it was more a question of whether Bell should be automatic pick, same as Broad, not ditching altogether for good.
Only two of our bowlers average under 30, and neither of them is Anderson. There is good reason why bowlers don't average under 30 - consistency. Bowling well, albeit against not one of the greatest sides, is all very well and wins Tests, it's when you're up against it and under pressure. While it was a relatively low total, England should have still been favourites to win with the target set higher than any of the previous three innings. Credit for bowling well, but this was hardly a 400-500 pitch against South Africa or India taking out the likes of Tendulkar, Kallis, Smith or Amla.
Most agree with the essence though, we don't see that Broad often enough. I don't think either of us said he wass hit so let's just hope, but not expect, to see another bowling display like that from Broad and preferably in the next Test series in the first two Tests to wrap the Ashes up early
Anyway, I was thinking before play today it would be a good toss to lose. I thought the captain winning the toss would bowl, but Cook has boldly gone with batting