India v England: Stuart Broad’s form is a concern, says David Saker
India v England: Bowling coach David Saker says the form of the tourists' vice-captain Stuart Broad is a concern ahead of third Test
Stuart Broad’s form is a “concern” leading into next week’s third Test in Kolkata, according to England’s bowling coach David Saker.
The Nottinghamshire seamer has looked innocuous against India’s batsmen, failing to take a single wicket so far in the series.
And with Steven Finn impressing with England’s Performance Programme side on Tuesday in a three-day game against DY Patil Academy in Mumbai, some feel Broad should be replaced.
“There’s concern from Stuart’s point of view and ours,” Saker told BBC Sport.
“We’re hoping [Finn] gets through. He’s probably the bowler we need over here because he has the extra pace.”
Finn injured his thigh in the opening warm-up match causing him to miss the first two Test matches.
On England’s last tour of India in 2011 – a five-match ODI series – Finn created significant problems for the home side topping the tourists’ bowling averages with eight wickets.
With the current Test series finely poised with both sides one apiece Saker believes each England bowler has to contribute.
“We expect if you only play two seamers that they have some influence in the game,” added Saker.
“We need them to do the job they’ve been asked to do and Stuart probably hasn’t done that as yet.
“He bowled some decent overs but, on the whole, wasn’t up to his standard. We have to deal with that and make sure he’s better the next time he plays.”
Saker, who joined England’s back room staff in 2010, says Broad cannot attribute his poor showing to a sick bug that he shook off just before the last Test in Mumbai.
“He was sick, but I don’t think we can blame his performance on that,” said Saker.
Finn, who bowled four spells of four overs each on a quick pitch on Tuesday, tweeted: “Good to be back on the park today. 16 overs is gonna hurt in the morning though. Stretcher for me tomorrow.”
Saker had earlier said: “If Finn gets through 20 overs in those three days he’ll definitely come into calculation for that second seamer’s spot.
“He bowled really well in the one-day series over here and has troubled the Indians when he’s played against them. We hope to get him in.”