Newspaper article Evening Gazette (Middlesbrough, England)

Coach's Concern over Broad's Dip; Cricket

Newspaper article Evening Gazette (Middlesbrough, England)

Coach's Concern over Broad's Dip; Cricket

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STUART Broad's lacklustre bowling form is an "issue" England need to confront as they seek to consolidate their famous second-Test win over India.

Alastair Cook's tourists yesterday levelled the four match series with a 10 wicket victory at the Wankhede Stadium.

Hopes are therefore raised they can become the first England team since 1984-85 to win a Test series in India.

Rising confidence is evident throughout the team - with the exception of off-key vice-captain Broad, who managed only 12 wicketless overs at a cost of 60 runs.

England bowling coach David Saker is doing all he can to help Broad find his form in time for the third Test in Kolkata - but that match could yet feature Steven Finn instead.

Finn was today set to test his recovery from a thigh strain in a three-day match for the England Performance Programme squad against the DY Patil Academy in Mumbai.

As for Broad, Saker said: "It is a bit of an issue. He has not bowled as we would have liked. …

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