Stuart Broad forgives doubters for "deserved" Ashes criticism

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England's Stuart Broad celebrates dismissing Australia's Pat Cummins during the second day of the fourth Ashes cricket test match. REUTERS/David Gray
Updated 27 December 2017

Stuart Broad forgives doubters for "deserved" Ashes criticism

Stuart Broad forgives doubters for "deserved" Ashes criticism

Stuart Broad said he didn’t hold a grudge against critics who called for him to be dropped after he ended a poor run of form with four wickets in the fourth Ashes Test in Melbourne.

The experienced seamer had come under fire from detractors — including former England captain Michael Vaughan — after his career-worst 0-142 in the third Test in Perth as England relinquished the Ashes.

Broad admitted he was too defensive at the WACA, where he was more concerned about conceding runs than taking wickets, and said just a subtle mental adjustment had put him back on track.

Before his 4-51 on day two of the Melbourne Test, Broad had managed only five wickets in what has been a disappointing series for the Nottinghamshire man.

He said: “I need that ‘where’s my next wicket coming from?’ mentality. Not, ‘where am I going to stop the next boundary?’. It’s a small mental change but actually quite a big thing for me as a cricketer.

“I think every time you step on to the field you’re pretty much playing for your career, that’s the pressure of international cricket,” Broad said, after taking four wickets for 51 to help dismiss Australia for 327 in their first innings in Melbourne.

“You never know how things will go, you just need to focus on making sure that your mindset’s right, your work ethic’s right to make sure you’re doing everything to be at your best.

“To be honest I’ve had one of those weeks where you get your tin hat on and duck down and don’t really see much, so I’ve been very unaware about things being written and things being said.”

He added: “I’ve gone to the place that you have to go to as a sportsman sometimes where you find something within yourself and you get support from people around you and you build yourself back up again. I think you can get yourself in a bit of dark place if you really read everything.”

But Broad also said he “deserved” criticism and held no animosity toward those, including Vaughan, who said he should be dropped.

“Things happen and can change really quickly in sport and I’ve always had this appreciation that people are just doing their jobs,” he said. “You’ve got to say your opinion, you’ve got to be critical at times and I deserve criticism after the Perth Test defeat for sure.

“I am not going to hold any grudges or get too disappointed if people criticize because at the end of the day, in 15 years’ time, I might be doing the same,” he quipped.— AFP