Monday, October 18, 2010

Channelled aggression the key for Broad

Has gained a reputation for being a hot head in the field, but Stuart Broad must keep it in check if he is to thrive in Australia.

Broad has quickly developed into one of England's key players and his tall frame means he is ideally suited to the hard, dry pitches of Australia, somewhere where our more swing orientated bowlers have failed to make an impact.

But as Broad prepares to fly down under with the squad he knows that he cannot afford a repeat of some of the incidents we saw last summer.

England coach Andy Flower had already warned Broad about keeping his temper, especially when dealing with umpires, before he was fined 50 per cent of his match fee for throwing the ball at Pakistan batsman Zulqarnain Haider in August.

That incident will have been lapped up by the Australians, who will seek to take advantage of any players' weakness, be it technical or mental and those who bet on England to win the Ashes will be worried about players falling apart under pressure.

Ponting and co will no doubt seek to wind up 24-year-old Broad in an attempt to unsettle him, so it is vital he keeps his cool. Aggression and passion are great attributes to have - an Ashes series without passion wouldn't be a series worth watching - as long as they are channelled correctly.

If he can do this then he is no question an excellent asset to the England bowling line-up and the Ashes betting tips suggest he could be the side's leading wicket taker, he's also a decent player with the bat lower down the order.

Broad on top form will significantly increase England's chances of returning home with the Ashes still in their possession

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