Newspaper article The Evening Standard (London, England)

Pace Ace Broad Quickly Shows Why He's Still Way off Emulating McGrath

Newspaper article The Evening Standard (London, England)

Pace Ace Broad Quickly Shows Why He's Still Way off Emulating McGrath

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Byline: Tom Collomosse

ON several occasions during his promising and eventful Test career, Stuart Broad has discussed his plans to become England's answer to Glenn McGrath. Yet it required only one over from Broad during the morning session at Centurion to show that he is still some way from emulating the great Australian.

McGrath was not terrifyingly quick, nor did he produce excessive swing with the new ball. His strength, though, was his ability to create pressure by finding the perfect line and length with the vast majority of his deliveries.

Aim to hit the top of off stump, the thinking goes, and the batsman will eventually become frustrated and make a poor decision.

Talented and exciting as he is, Broad still struggles to find the same spot twice in a single over, with his first of the series a perfect example of his inconsistency.

It was the first time Broad had taken the new ball for England since the First Test of the Ashes series in July. Yes, he collected the prize wicket of Graeme Smith for a duck but this should not mask the fact that he's still searching for his identity as a bowler.

The ball that removed the South Africa captain was a short delivery, swinging away down the leg side, which Smith strangely decided to follow and was smartly caught behind by Matt Prior.

Within that opening over, Broad also produced a wide half-volley which allowed Hashim Amla to get off the mark, another leg-side delivery to Ashwell Prince and a fine bouncer which struck Prince on the shoulder and flew for four byes.

Broad's first spell of one for 15, including three maidens, from his opening eight overs appears impressive, yet half of those deliveries were short of a length and the South African batsmen had little difficulty repelling him.

Broad then became a worry for his captain when he landed awkwardly attempting a diving stop at mid-off. He returned for a second spell after lunch but then was off the field briefly and continued to stretch his hamstring in the afternoon session.

England claimed Broad had been off the field only for treatment to his hand, which he scraped when trying to prevent a four. …

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