Pick Broad, Anderson together for goodness sake: Swann's advice to Root's England

YB WEB DESK. Dated: 7/16/2020 11:56:04 AM

New Delhi, July 15 Former off-spinner Graeme Swann said England blunted their pace attack by dropping Stuart Broad, who according to him is a perfect foil for James Anderson, in their 4-wicket loss to West Indies in the Southampton Test. Graeme Swann said England got their team selection wrong under Ben Stokes for the 1st Test by not picking Stuart Broad, who is capable of doing the 'donkey's work' and complimenting Anderson. Swann said England should always pick Broad and Anderson together until the two fast bowlers, who are in the twilight of their careers, are "still walking". The off-spinner said both Jofra Archer and Mark Wood were similar kinds of bowlers and they lost their efficiency when made to do the "donkey's work" in the absence of Broad. "If you want to know how to beat anybody as an England team, you pick Stuart Broad and James Anderson, together. While they are still working, still walking, pick them together for goodness sake," Swann said during the latest episode of Sony Ten Pit Stop. "England got their team selection wrong by dropping Stuart Broad. He is a good friend of mine but I won't pick friends in my team. Remember, there is such a thing called donkey's work in a Test match. A fast bowler who can bowl 25 overs a day on the sport, never bowl a bad ball, day in day out, same pace. That is Stuart Broad. He is the foil for James Anderson. "England picked up Jofra Archer and Mark Wood who are the same type of bowler, blistering bowlers who come on and bowl 5 overs, super-fast, try and knock people out, 90 mph. "England picked them both and then they ended up having to do some of the donkey's work. They are not quick, not as effective. England blunted their whole bowling attack by not playing Stuart Broad." Joe Root is set to be back for the 2nd Test after missing the first due to paternity leave and Stuart Broad is likely to return to the playing XI for the 2nd Test, starting on July 16 in Manchester. Swann believes there is going to be a lot of pressure on England and Broad but that the fast bowler is capable of handling it well. "Yes, I think there is massive pressure now. They want to pick Stuart Broad now.


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