Ashes 2013-14: Stuart Broad defends England bowlers

Ashes 2013-14: England's Stuart Broad defends his fellow bowlers after a tough day one against Australia Invitation XI

The Sport Review staff
By The Sport Review staff

Stuart Board defended England’s bowlers after Australia Invitational XI recovered from 93-5 to finish day one on 271-5 in Sydney.

Broad was the pick of England’s attack after he finished with three wickets, whilst Steve Finn recovered from a slow start to take two scalps.

However, the Derry-born fast-bowler Boyd Rankin finished without a wicket which left Chris Tremlett’s position as third seamer’s spot for the first Test looking more secure.

But Broad, who was one of England’s key stars in the triumphant summer series, felt the hosts found it difficult to ease into a “consistent rhythm” on a sandy wicket.

“It was a tricky day to settle into a consistent rhythm because sand was flying up behind the bowlers, but I thought we held it together nicely,” Broad told BBC Sport.

“Boyd obviously extracts huge bounce from his big frame and we all know what Finny can do on the international scene, and of course Tremlett is an experienced campaigner as well.

“So we have a lot of experience in the bowling unit, which is very important on a tour like this because we know that two or three bowlers aren’t going to play the whole series. Everyone has to be ready to go.”

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