England’s Broad raring to attack against Pakistan
LONDON: England’s experienced pacer Stuart Broad said he was raring to go and attack against an inexperienced Pakistan team in the Lord’s Test which starts on Thursday.
Broad and his new-ball partner James Anderson have 941 wickets and are the most experienced pace bowlers currently playing Test cricket and they give England the much needed edge in the two-match Test series.
“I can honestly say I’ve never approached an international summer with as much confidence as I have at the moment — and it’s all down to the work I did during my action in the Ashes and the trip to New Zealand,” wrote Broad in his column for The Mail.
“Since the Sydney Test, I’ve picked up 25 wickets in five games for England and Nottinghamshire, and a lot of that is down to the fact that I am now backing myself to bowl a fuller, more attacking length.
“I now know I can beat the right-handers on both sides of the bat, because my wrist is behind the ball and I’m hitting the seam. Because of my height, that makes me a dangerous proposition.
“I’m itching to get out there against Pakistan at Lord’s on Thursday.”
Broad said he has been focusing bowling against left-handers, so Pakistan’s new opener Imam-ul-Haq might be on target at the outset.
“I think I’d spent so much time over the past few years bowling to left-handers, especially from round the wicket, that I’d got into the habit of only bringing the ball back in to the right-handers, not moving it away from them. I don’t want to lose that skill of bowling to the lefties, but equally I needed to rediscover my old threat.”