Stuart Broad looks odds on to miss the third Test match between India and England which starts next week.
Broad has been suffering from a lack of self confidence which has seen his form in the England side hit an all time low. His accuracy is non-existent and his speeds are way down with the tall Nottinghamshire bowler struggling to hit 80 miles per hour regularly.
He is expected to make way for Steven Finn who has recovered from a thigh problem which he picked up before the start of the Test series. Finn is rated as one of the most exciting fast bowlers in world cricket with his height and pace both deadly. If Finn takes his chance in the rest of this series, Broad could be looking at a long spell out of the side.
England are blessed with fast bowlers at the moment which is demonstrated by the fact that Graham Onions, the most successful fast bowler in the last English county season, can’t even get a look in at Test match level. England coach Andy Flower and the selectors have always maintained that if you’re out of form, you’re out of the side.
“There's concern from Stuart's point of view and ours. We're hoping [Finn] gets through. He's probably the bowler we need over here because he has the extra pace - He bowled some decent overs but, on the whole, wasn't up to his standard. We have to deal with that and make sure he's better the next time he plays,” said England bowling coach David Saker.
Broad was always going to start in the Test match team against India for the current series because he has 172 wickets in 52 Tests. He has been a key figure in England’s attack for a number of years but his lack of success against South Africa over the summer and his poor start to the series with India means he is under pressure.
He’s under pressure because the current England management don’t pick someone to come into the team and then drop them the game after very often. England will already be planning ahead to the series in New Zealand in the New Year and then the Ashes next summer.
As thing stand Finn is a much more dangerous bowler with 66 wickets from 19 Test matches. England have looked a little off in the pace department in terms of speed and Finn is one of the only Test match bowlers in world cricket who can send the ball down at over 90 miles per hour, something it doesn’t seem that Broad can do any more.
It’s very important for Broad and England that the quick bowler does not let his head drop if he is dropped from the side for a prolonged period. Tim Bresnan and Graham Onions are two quality bowlers who will step all over Broad to get in the Test match team.
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