Broad likely to miss third Test against Windies

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Published: Monday, June 4, 2012, 16:10 [IST]
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Broad might be rested for third Test

London, Jun 4: After resting James Anderson, England might rest pacer Stuart Broad as well for the third and final Test against West Indies at Edgbaston, that is scheduled to begin on Thursday.

Interestingly, Anderson was keen on playing the third and final Test while there were reports on Stuart Broad not willing to take a break as he was in good rhythm and totally fresh after playing just two Test matches and two first-class games this season.

"I don't personally feel in need of a break. I actually believe I'm in the best nick of my life, so when you feel that way you want to carry on," Broad wrote in his column in 'Daily Mail'.

The move would see Graham Onions and Steven Finn comeback to the Test side and depending on their performance in the nets, they would be a part of the four-man attack.

Coach Andy Flower is keen on conserving his pace-duo ahead of the Test series against South Africa which is scheduled to start from July 19.

Anderson and Broad have been victims of rotation policy as the coach is keen on having the best pace attack ahead of their important series against South Africa.

“James Anderson will miss this Test as we look to manage his workload ahead of a busy period – a decision which is the best interests of the team and James himself,” said Miller.

“We have been made to work hard for our two victories and are delighted to have secured the series. However, we know that we will need to continue to play some good cricket if we want a third win,” he said.

After the third Test against Windies, England are scheduled to play three ODIs and one T20 International followed by a five-match ODI series against Australia and a home series against South Africa wherein they play three Tests, five ODIs and three T20s before they tour Sri Lanka to defend their World T20 title in Spetember this year.


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