Home' Trinidad and Tobago Guardian : August 19th 2015 Contents A52
Guardian www.guardian.co.tt Wednesday, August 19, 2015
Alastair Cook must stay on as
captain after ending a stand-off
between past and present players
to inspire England s Ashes series
victory, according to Stuart Broad.
Pace bowler Broad believes Cook
has demolished an invisible wall
that had prohibited ex-England
stars handing out hints and tips to
the current generation.
Broad---whose eight for 15 was
the stand-out performance of the
urn-clinching Nottingham Test---
says he had rarely spoken to the
likes of Sir Ian Botham during his
England career until Cook found
a way to bridge the divide between
past and present.
"He (Cook) admitted after Trent
Bridge that his stubbornness some-
times got the better of him," Broad
"He has been talking a lot more
to ex-players about captaincy and
learning from people.
"I think we went through a peri-
od as a team when we wouldn t
speak to any of our ex-players and
it was like us versus them.
"This new open theory, started
by (former coach Peter) Mooresy
and with (director Andrew)
Straussy carrying it on, has helped.
"Go to (Michael) Vaughany in
the morning and say What do you
reckon here? He tells you - and
that can set your mind at rest.
"And the way Beefy has been
coming over and encouraging peo-
ple - I d played for six or seven
years and never really spoken to
Beefy. Now he is coming over to
the team and going, Come on,
boys, let s get this done today. That
gives you a huge lift."
Ahead of this week s final Oval
Test, Broad revealed Cook called
every England player last Tuesday
in a bid to cement the "burning
desire" to complete a 4-1 rout of
The 29-year-old also branded
his figures at Trent Bridge a "once
in a lifetime" spell, cherishing pub-
lic reaction to pictures of his
dumbfounded response to Ben
Stokes stunning catch to dismiss
"Cooky called us all on Tuesday,
to say: Let s make sure we turn
up Monday knowing that we re in
a battle and that we want to start
again, Because I ve got a burning
desirefor this tobe4-1 ," said
"And there is a burning desire
to keep this form going.
"I think it was a good time to
call, in the middle of our week off,
the captain was sat on his farm
thinking about it, thinking Let s
make sure we re all on the money ."
Broad s stupefied hands-to-
mouth reaction to Stokes full-
stretch catch to dismiss Voges in
Nottingham quickly gathered a
viral online momentum all of its
With fans already printing the
image onto T-shirts and Arsenal
forward Theo Walcott mimicking
the pose, Broad admitted members
of the public have offered him their
own impressions when passing on
While it may not quite rival Mo
Farah s Mobot Broad hopes Eng-
land can now hang onto the newly-
restored feel-good factor.
England face Test series against
Pakistan in the United Arab Emi-
rates and South Africa in a chal-
lenging winter, with Broad admit-
ting Cook s men must win abroad
to justify recent hype surrounding
a new era of dominance.
"I don t think there s any danger
of us getting too far ahead of our-
selves---we ve got a lot of Test
cricket coming our way," he said.
"But to play in a side with the
likes of Root, Ali, Stokes, Buttler,
Wood and Finn; there are guys
coming through who could play
for England for eight or nine years.
"Our away form hasn t been
great for a little while now and we
know the UAE is a really tough
place to go - we went there as
world number one last time and
just got destroyed."
Broad can not see a way his
recent heroics can be bettered,
"I hope to play for a few more
years yet but I can t see personally
having a better day than that eight
for 15," he said.
"You get those spells once in a
lifetime---sometimes for school or
a club, but to do it against Australia,
it s not even a dream come true...I
would never have dreamt it."
Cook must stay
Stuart Broad, right, is congratulated by captain Alastair Cook during his remarkable 8-15 spell.
Mark Wood knows he may have
to give way to the returning James
Anderson for England s Ashes vic-
tory lap at The Oval.
The 25-year-old is acutely aware
too that he is living with the threat
of surgery on his chronic ankle
problem, on a match-by-match
It was Wood who took the wicket
of Nathan Lyon to confirm England
had retained the urn with a thump-
ing innings-and-78-run win at
Trent Bridge to open up an unas-
sailable 3-1 Investec series lead.
Should Anderson be fit from his
side strain, the Durham fast bowler
concedes selection at The Oval this
week will be out of his hands as
England pare down five frontline
seamers in their squad to three in
the XI to take on Australia one more
The evidence of Anderson s well-
being was not compelling either
way in practice on Monday, Eng-
land s all-time leading wicket-taker
trying to work up to full pace for
the first time since he had to leave
the attack in the third Test at Edg-
baston and then sat out Notting-
Wood himself was back to help
England clinch the Ashes, after
England took no chances with his
ankle impingement in Birming-
ham---where Anderson and Steven
Finn bowled the hosts to victory.
At Trent Bridge, it was Stuart
Broad s brilliant first-innings bowl-
ing and then all-rounder Ben Stokes
second time round that inflicted
most of the damage on Australia.
Wood is only sixth in England s
series averages, nine wickets at
almost 37 putting him behind part-
time off-spinner Joe Root.
On that basis perhaps, he takes
a realistic view about his chances
of being picked for his fourth Ashes
"Jimmy has 400 Test wickets---
he s England s leading bowler---so
if he s fit and ready to go...then it s
out of my hands.
"I m sure everyone would want
Jimmy in the side, so if he s fit he
probably gets the nod."
Wood s best Test figures so far
are the three for 69 he finished
with in Nottingham.
"There s a little bit of pressure
on me, because every other bowler
has a five-for, and I haven t yet,"
"I missed out at Edgbaston, and
that was hard to take, but to see
the lads perform like that was bril-
"This game, whether I m selected
or not, I ll be fully supportive.
"I ll be doing everything I can to
be ready and fit."
England will be loath to take any
undue chances with either Ander-
son or Wood, and in a 14-man
squad they have alternatives.
Wood is mindful of the potential
fragility of his ankle, a condition
which means he must bowl through
the pain barrier---or with pain-
killers---every time he takes the field.
"I don t want to miss games for
England," he added.
"I ve had that many injuries so
far in my short career that I never
want that chance to be thrown out
of the team."
LONDON---Chris Rogers will
retire from Test cricket after the
final Ashes match against Eng-
land, becoming the third Australia
player to end his international
career on the tour.
The 37-year-old opening bats-
man said yesterday he will take a
break from the sport after the Ashes
and consider whether to continue
playing at domestic level.
"I m 38 this month and I feel
old," Rogers said, "and there s other
things to do in life as well. That s
"I ve been lucky enough to play
cricket as a living for nearly 20 years
and it s been amazing and a priv-
ilege but everything comes to an
Rogers made his Test debut in
2008 but didn t win his second cap
until the 2013 Ashes series.
He will play his 25th test when
the fifth and final Ashes test starts
at The Oval tomorrow. England
holds a 3-1 lead and has already
won the series.
Rogers has five test centuries---
the most recent coming in the sec-
ond Test at Lord s. During that test,
he was hit on the helmet by a short
ball from England paceman James
Anderson, forcing Rogers to retire
hurt after a bout of dizziness.
"Health is obviously the most
important thing, but I guess when
you get to 37, 38, you re starting to
wonder whether your reflexes are
slowing down," Rogers said. "I ve
just been hit in the head a few too
many times for my liking of late.
And facing (Australia teammates)
Mitch Johnson and Mitch Starc in
the nets isn t my definition of fun,
so I think I m well aware that Father
Time is probably calling."
Fast bowler Ryan Harris quit
because of injury before the Ashes
series began and Australia captain
Michael Clarke announced after
the fourth Test, which England won
to regain the urn, he will retire after
Opener Rogers to retire
from Test cricket
Wood ready to make
way for Anderson
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