England has already lost the Ashes to counterparts Australia and this has propelled various cricketer experts to come out with an opinion that Stuart Broad should be dropped for the next Test match in Brisbane.
Various cricket experts were previously opining that Broad is beyond his prime and that he is lacking the pace to work with. Former Australian legend Glenn Mcgrath is the latest expert to join the chorus. McGrath believes that England skipper Joe Root’s handling of the fast bowler was exacerbating his issues, criticising the visitors’ ploy of using Broad in four-over spells.
Speaking about Broad’s rough patch, McGrath wrote in his Daily Mail column, “No one can go on forever and when you are not doing the business anymore you have to consider what comes next, and as tough a call as it would be for England ahead of the fourth Test, maybe it is time for a bit of a change.”
The England pace spearhead has taken just five wickets in three Magellan Ashes Tests, going wicketless in three innings, and at an average of 61.80. England captain Michael Vaughan has also called for Broad to be dropped after underperforming in 2017. Ex-Australian quick Mitchell Johnson, chief architect of the 2013-14 Ashes whitewash, also said Broad was in danger of being dropped.
As England get ready to play Australia in the boxing day Test in Melbourne it will be interesting to see if the selectors go on with Broad whose last five-wicket haul came in January 2016 in Johannesburg and has only taken four wickets twice in the 42 Test innings since.