Week 32: Hero – Stuart Broad & England Cricket Team

by Charlie_East_West on August 9, 2015

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Our hero of the week award goes to Stuart Broad for his Ashes winning heroics and the England Cricket team for managing to rebuild a winning cricket team just 18 months after a 5-0 Ashes drubbing in Australia.

Bonkers. Utterly bonkers. On Thursday morning, in the space of an hour, England had bowled out Australia for a first innings score of only 60. Stuart Broad achieved the incredible figures of 8-15. In effect, the Ashes were won on the first hour of play on the fourth test at Trent Bridge. England have gone from a questionable team in transition to a team that arguably possesses the finest bowling attack in world cricket (Broad, Stokes, Finn, Wood and the finest of them all – the injured Jimmy Anderson).

Stuart Broad has cemented his reputation as a world class clutch bowler. This is now the third occasion he has decimated the Australians at defining moments in the Ashes. He may not have the overall consistency of Anderson, but he has that rarest of abilities to get the wickets when it really counts.

Suddenly, England have the makings of a team with huge potential. The team is now blessed with a great combination of youth and experience with the likes of Stokes and Root becoming household names to join Cook, Anderson and Broad. It is a team that is brimming with confidence, spirit and youthful exuberance.

English cricket fans witnessed a golden day on Thursday. They witnessed England completely destroying the Australians at cricket. Due to the current new blend of exciting attack-minded players, they are likely to witness many more days like this, but, anyone who watched the events of Thursday will never forget it. Australia – 60 all out. Broad 8-15. Australia’s top scorer was the innings extras.

As a footnote to all of this, the only English cricket supporter who will have a bittersweet feeling about this is Kevin Pietersen. Initially, it looked like a stubborn decision by the English Cricket Board to sack Pietersen, but now it looks like the wise decision. Without Pietersen, England have moved on. The next generation look like the future and Pietersen looks like the past. This revised judgement is down to one thing – the winning argument of success.

Well played Stuart Broad and well played England.

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Mike Killingworth August 10, 2015 at 6:05 pm

I’ve followed, with more or less intensity, every Ashes series since Peter May’s complacent team got drubbed Down Under in 1959. And this has been the most extraordinary of them all. The Ozzies may still be mourning Phillip Hughes, of course (and if so, no blame attaches).

Cricketers to-day are fit sportsmen. They didn’t used to be. Even quite recently – spin bowlers in particular smoked like chimneys.

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