Stuart Broad Sympathy for San Abbott

Stuart Broad has sympathized with the medium fast bowler who hit Philip Hughes with his bouncer in the first round Shield game between New South Wales and South Australia on Tuesday.

The bowler named Sean Abbott is just 22-year old at the moment and has recently made his international debut for Australia.

He is believed to be one of the most exciting prospects to have come through the ranks recently in Australia as far as the seam bowling is concerned.

He is not express pace, but, he is just about as quick as required to trouble the batsman.

The bouncer that Abbott bowled to Hughes, it was surely not the quickest bouncer in the world. Hughes, in fact, got beaten by the lack of pace. He was through his shot before the ball came. If he had waited for a fraction of second more, he might have connected the bat with the ball, but, the destiny wanted something else.

According to Broad, no bowler in the world bowls a bouncer with the intention of doing any serious damage to the batsman and Abbott would not have done that intentionally either. It was just an unfortunate incident which occurred somehow.

Talking to the reporters about Hughes’ injury, Broad said, “As a quickie, you never intend to knock somebody down on the ground by bowling a bumper. You just bowl it to get the batsman out. You do it with some aggression, but, you never feel good when the batsman gets hit by your delivery. I can assure you that.”

“I am really sorry for Sean and I am sure many people around the world would be. He did nothing wrong. He just tried to do his job which was to get Phil dismissed.”

OPENERS ARE RESPONSIBLE

The skipper of England T20 side, Stuart Broad, has said that the openers should show a bit more responsibility and shouldn’t try to go after the bowling from the first ball. The English openers haven’t been able to give the team a good start in any of the four matches that England has played so far in the tournament. In the first three matches, England lost its first wicket in the first over of the innings. However, in the last match against New Zealand, the openers added 21 runs for the first wicket and the first wicket was down in the fourth over. But, Stuart Broad isn’t pleased with the performance of the openers at all.

After the match against New Zealand, Stuart Broad said, “The opening partnership is a bit of a concern for us. Good start is very important in T20 matches. If you lose two or three wickets in the first six overs, the run rate gets down as the batsmen out there look to consolidate the innings.”

“Our openers are trying to play too many shots at the start of the innings. They should take a few deliveries to get their eye in and then, try to play the big shots. They should take a leaf out of Chris Gayle’s book. Gayle never goes after the bowling right from the start. He takes a couple of overs and then tries to accelerate.”

When asked about the poor form of Craig Kieswetter, Broad said, “Craig is a very good top order batsman in this form of the game. He has got great power and he can play some extraordinary shots. He had played beautifully against India. In the last two matches, he has struggled a bit, but, I have got faith in him and hopefully, he would deliver in the further matches.”