Stuart Broad is clearly not being the same sort of ferocious fast bowler

After his operation, Stuart Broad is clearly not being the same sort of ferocious fast bowler which he is known to be, but, bowling is not the main concern for him at the moment.

It’s his batting which he needs to pay special attention to because it has hit the bottommost point in the recent times and that day is not far off when he would be asked to bat below Jimmy Anderson in the batting order.

Broad actually has got good batting skills. It’s not as if he is a blind hitter or something. He has shown at times in his career that he can play proper Cricket with the bat and that too for long periods of time.

He has had a score of more than 150 in test match Cricket, but, off late, the fast bowlers have targeted him with the short stuff and he has not been able to respond to it in the best possible manner.

He has been caught hooking the ball on numerous occasions and a couple of times, has been hit on the body as well.

Ravi Bopara’s bowling has come a long way

Ravi Bopara’s bowling has come a long way since the time he had first announced himself on the international scene.

He is not just a part timer any more. He does a job for his captain in all the formats.

He can actually be quite dangerous if the wicket is a little sluggish and the ball is holding a little bit.

In the ongoing IPL, he has shown that a couple of times. The other night versus the Rajasthan Royals, the game had almost gone out of the hands of the Sunrisers when as a last throw of the dice, the captain David Warner brought in Bopara and the Essex all rounder made the game interesting.

He bowled a very economical spell and also got some of the opposition’s key players dismissed.

The Sunrisers finished losing the game, but, Bopara’s spell definitely gave them a bit of a chance.

Change in pace is not the only thing that Bopara does; he wobbles the ball slightly as well. A bit of inward movement, a straighter delivery in between, some cross seam stuff, he just keeps on doing something and being a batsman himself, he reads the minds of the batsmen very well.

Ravi Bopara was selected for First match in World Cup 2015

Ravi Bopara might have to see the first game in the World Cup against Australia from the sidelines. He is all set to be dropped because of his shaky form with the bat.

All through the tri series, Bopara struggled to buy runs for himself and he was not used much as a bowler either by the captain Eoin Morgan.

England has been playing with 5 bowlers on the Australia tour with Moeen Ali almost being the specialist off spinner for them now.

Bopara has been in mainly as a batsman and his numbers with the bat don’t warrant him a place in the playing XI.

Gary Ballance, on the other hand, got in and got a half century straightaway against Pakistan in the practice game.