To win Ashes down under, England would require batsmen to stand up: Stuart Broad

Written by Rohit Pawar

he last time England won the Ashes in Australian soil was in their 2010-11 tour when they secured a 3-1 victory Down Under. Ever since that, England have twice visited Australia and have faced brutal defeats both times: 5-0 in 2013/14 and 4-0 in 2017/18. In the most recent Ashes competition, held last year, Australia were able to draw the series 2-2 in England and hence retained the urn.

With the English side visiting their biggest rivals in 2021-22, veteran pacer Stuart Broad believes that it’s the batsmen who need to step up and score big runs to able to defeat Australia in Australia.

“If you want to know what it takes to win Test matches in Australia, it’s not whether you have someone who can get up to 95mph. Glenn McGrath was still pretty useful coming up to his 37th birthday and bowling at 80mph when his team had 500 runs on the board,” Broad wrote in his column for the Mail on Sunday.

“We should take the focus off which bowlers are going to be selected for that series because it’s an irrelevant conversation if you’re going to be bowled out for 200. It’s equally irrelevant if you’re bowled out for 300. You need to be reaching the 400s.

“Look back at when England last won there in 2010-11: Alastair Cook, Jonathan Trott and Kevin Pietersen all got big hundreds, scores of 150-plus. Ian Bell, Andrew Strauss and Matt Prior got hundreds, too. In all three wins, the team batted just once. Jimmy (Anderson), Tim Bresnan and Chris Tremlett bowled in the mid-80s and England made big totals,” added Broad.

The presence of the gigantic Steve Smith in the Australian team always makes it a challenge for their opponents, and especially at home where the batting giant averages 71.14. According to Broad, in order to put pressure on Smith it’s important for England to put up a huge score on the board.

“Steve Smith has batted against 90mph bowling throughout a career in which he averages the best part of 63. But what he hasn’t done often is go out to bat having been fielding for two days and the opposition having a huge score on the board. We need that mindset of keeping the opposition out there until the second evening,” he added.

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