Michael Vaughan’s criticism propels Stuart Broad to lead England’s revival in 2nd Test vs Pakistan
Former England cricket team captain Michael Vaughan’s criticism seems to have spurred pacer Stuart Broad to lead the team’s revival in the ongoing Test series against Pakistan. (ENG vs PAK, 2nd TEST, DAY 1 SCORES)
England, who lost the first Test by nine wickets at Lord’s, made a strong start in the second and final match of the series at Leeds on Friday. After bowling out the visitors for a paltry 174, the hosts reached 106/2 at stumps on the first day.
Speedster Broad was the top performer of the day for England as he gave the home side a perfect start by dismissing Pakistan openers Azhar Ali and Imam-ul-Haq cheaply. Pakistan could never recover from that horrid start. Later, Broad returned to claim one more wicket to finish with figures of 3/38 from 15 overs. His pace companions James Anderson and Chris Woakes also scalped three wickets apiece.
Broad’s admirable performance came in the wake of criticism from Vaughan following the home side’s humiliating defeat at Lord’s. Vaughan had suggested both in his Daily Telegraph column and on BBC Radio that England should consider dropping either Broad or Anderson.
The 31-year-old pacer admitted to getting angry but he channelised it to produce an excellent performance for his side.
“I’ve come under criticism a lot in my career and a lot of it has been justified. This time, it did anger me a little bit. I thought it was a bit unfair and a bit targeted. It did put me under a bit more pressure this week, certainly going into this game, but part and parcel of our job is to deliver under pressure,” Broad was quoted as saying by ESPNCricinfo.
“So I called him and expressed my disappointment in his comments. I’m not going to hold a personal grudge - I’m friends with Vaughany; he was a fantastic captain to me, he gave me a great opportunity and he’s great company - but I didn’t feel I deserved it. It’s [about] personal columns and radio shows that need ‘likes’ and air time, isn’t it?
“I don’t think it stung me into action. At this level you’ve always got a point to prove. But we didn’t do ourselves justice at Lord’s and we left there angry. And, with the pressure we’ve been under, to come out and put in that sort of performance will give the changing room a lot of confidence,” he added.