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Coach has faith on Broad shoulders

England coach Moores says that Stuart Broad is a strong candidate to make his Test debut later in the week, reports Rohit Mahajan.

cricket Updated: Jul 18, 2007 01:49 IST
Rohit Mahajan

England coach Peter Moores has said that Stuart Broad is a strong candidate to make his Test debut later in the week, some 23 years after father Chris shone in his first Test at the Lord’s.

Stuart, 21, was the man who impressed the most against India at Chelmsford last week, picking up five wickets. But, in the absence of Andrew Flintoff, it’s his batting that may help him sneak in. Stuart began as a middle order batsman before he suddenly shot up and took up bowling as well.

Moores also said that Monty Panesar, who wrecked the West Indies with 23 wickets from four games earlier in the summer, would find things much tougher against the Indians — a belief Panesar repeated.

Steve Harmison’s absence through injury is a blow, admitted Moores. “But you’ve got to work with what you’ve got,” he said. That does mean that England’s bowling attack is rather inexperienced, as is India’s, though Moores said that he is especially encouraged by the way Sidebottom has progressed.

“One good thing is that we’ve brought in Ryan Sidebottom, quite an experienced cricketer,” Moores said. “He’s taken to Test cricket very quickly and operates like a senior bowler. Not too much Test experience, but he’s a mature exponent of what he’s doing.”

But isn’t it worrying that among the bowlers, Matthew Hoggard is the only survivor from the 2005 Ashes-winning team? “I believe in looking ahead rather than back,” Moores countered. “It’s difficult to recreate your success from the past,” he said.