Before the Ashes in 2023, seasoned English bowler Stuart Broad openly challenged Australia. When these two teams last played red-ball cricket, England famously lost 4-0, but a lot has changed for the Ben Stokes-led team since then. They have altered their strategy and begun to play an aggressive style of cricket, which was not previously present in Test cricket.
The Three Lions were able to defeat New Zealand, South Africa, and Pakistan in a Test series as a result. Additionally, they won the rescheduled Test at Edgbaston against India. Therefore, Broad seems upbeat as he prepares to host the following installment of the headline match, and he eventually challenges Australia to fight back against the ‘Bazball’ trend.
The 36-year-old also noted that it takes a long time for players like Steve Smith, Usman Khawaja, and Marnus Labuschagne to settle down. Therefore, the Pat Cummins-led team may lose a few quick wickets if England forces the visiting team to score rapid runs. In addition, he used Jack Leach’s bowling as an illustration of how to challenge Steve Smith.
They might make mistakes if we can encourage them to play in a slightly different way. Broad
According to Stuart Broad, he would like Steve Smith, a stalwart of Australia, to have the audacity to come down the track and hit over the mid-off region. This challenge was put forward mostly because Leach has taken more wickets in the area through catching than through LBW dismissals. Therefore, Broad will want Ben Stokes, his captain, to keep the fielders in position at all times to increase the temptation for Smith and the other Australian batsmen to take chances.
“Australia trying to compete with us at our own game would be fantastic for us. It would be fantastic for us if we could persuade them to play in a little different manner so that they might make mistakes. Usman Khawaja, Marnus Labuschagne, and Steve Smith are three baseball players who enjoy accumulating at bat time. So if we can just start picking away at them and make them wonder, “Why aren’t we scoring more often? Why are we not progressing in the game?
“I wish Smith would sky one to mid-off early doors and dance down the track. ESPNcricinfo cited Broad as stating, “That would be classic.
Notably, England is fervently trying to win back the urn because the forthcoming Ashes series will start on June 16 at Edgbaston. The Australian team will be in England by the end of May to acclimate to the country’s climate. Meanwhile, to take part in the County Championship, athletes like Steve Smith, Marnus Labuschagne, and Marcus Harris will shortly visit the United Kingdom (UK).