New Delhi. The England and Wales Cricket Board (ECB) is reportedly working out a plan in which fast bowlers James Anderson and Stuart Broad could be made player-cum-coaches. In fact, the country’s cricket governing body also wants to trim the backroom staff. Anderson, 40, and Broad, 36, are England’s most experienced bowlers. Along with this, he is also the highest wicket-taker fast bowler in the world.
According to the Daily Report, Test coach Brendon McCullum is considering a longer term. He wants to use the expertise of experienced bowlers to permanently replace the outgoing John Lewis. The report said, “McCullum is known to organize the support staff in a Test environment. Anderson and Broad can be groomed as his successor once Lewis returns to work.” The pair have shared a total of 997 Test wickets.
Stuart Broad surpassed Australian legend Glenn McGrath’s tally of 563 Test wickets in the recently concluded Oval Test against South Africa. He is currently on 566 wickets. He now surpasses his teammate James Anderson in the wickets column for fast bowlers. Anderson has 667 wickets to his name.
The report said Anderson and Broad could be seen in dual roles on a two-Test tour of New Zealand in February, which is not part of the Future Tours Program (FTP). With World Test Championship (WTC) points not at stake, the ECB can rotate Anderson and Broad. One of these can drop the player in the match and entrust the responsibility of monitoring the net practice.
Brendon McCullum and captain Ben Stokes have both praised the way Stuart Broad and James Anderson have played in the last seven Tests. Of these, England has won six. Along with this, both the players have given their tips to Ollie Robinson.
“Paul Collingwood, Marcus Trescothick and Jeetan Patel will continue as assistants with the Test team, while Matthew Mott has recruited David Secker and Mike Hussey for the next two months of limited overs cricket,” the report said.
FIRST PUBLISHED : September 19, 2022, 16:48 IST