12 The Daily Telegraph Monday 29 June 2020 ** Sport Cricket Broad: Priority for England is short-term goals Stokes is backed to be able deputy for Root Ben Stokes’s likely elevation to the England captaincy for the first Test against the West Indies has won Stuart Broad’s full support. England are resigned to Joe Root not being able to lead out the side with his wife Carrie due to give birth this week. But Broad believes Stokes would make an able deputy. “I have no doubts he will be brilliant at captaining England,” said Broad. “He has got a really good cricket brain, and has grown and matured incredibly over the last three or four years.” CHIEF CRICKET WRITER By Scyld Berry Bowler says series wins key this summer during pandemic the head coach – with Joe Root inked in as captain for Australia – is their priority in light of Covid-19. Everything had been geared to regaining the Ashes but now England’s cricketers are highly vulnerable, not having raised a bat in anger since March, and could lose their three-Test series this summer against both West Indies and Pakistan. If winning the first Test against West Indies is the priority, England would open their bowling with James Anderson and Broad. If the priority is Australia, it is time to move on, from both of them, and invest time in those outright fast bowlers – and in fresh fast-medium bowlers too, such as Ollie Robinson, who excelled in the unofficial Test against Australia A in Melbourne last winter. Broad, naturally, as a master of his craft and longevity, sees winning this summer as the priority. “We’re in a position now that we’ve almost got to go for short-term goals instead of looking ahead, and make sure we do our job in the business this summer. Because we’ve got to look after each other as players in this environment as well. “It does feel a bit strange, and if players go through tricky times while in this biosecure environment you can’t escape the cricket at all, mentally. If you nick off first ball, you’re then eating dinner overlooking the pitch that you’ve just Old guard may be forced out if selectors look ahead to Ashes The first thing that Stuart Broad noticed about England’s sanitised new world was the amount of work which had gone into making the Ageas Bowl at Southampton safe and biosecure. The second was the intensity which was going into training for England’s first Test against West Indies on Wednesday week. Thirty players are competing for 11 places and seldom, if ever, have England had such a wealth of fast – outright fast – bowlers, in addition to the fast-medium seam-andswing bowlers who have always characterised English cricket. But it is the outright fast bowlers who have won England’s few Ashes series in Australia. Jofra Archer, now his right elbow is reported to be healed, Mark Wood and Olly Stone are members of that 90mph club to which Australia’s Pat Cummins and Mitchell Starc belong. If England can regularly put two of their trio into the field in Australia, their chance of regaining the Ashes in 18 months’ time soars from small to significant. The question for Ed Smith, the chief selector, James Taylor, the second selector, and Chris Silverwood, Roy Hayes Ready for Test cricket’s return: Stuart Broad during an England training session behind closed doors at the Ageas in early 2016, Broad has taken 152 wickets. His average has gone down to 28.17 because he has been so economical, but little more than three wickets per Test – or a wicket every 10 overs – is insufficient for a new-ball strike bowler. He said: “I know that I perform at my best as a player when the game is at its most exciting and when the game needs changing. Maybe I have to pick more of a battle with the opposition and bring my dad into things a bit more!” His father, Chris, is likely to be the match referee for this series – being the only Englishman of the seven on the international panel – as the International Cricket Council seeks to minimise travelling. switch off at all at this level, it gets you, and we’ve got to adjust to the conditions we’re living in to be able to perform at our best.” It makes a persuasive argument, to keep the old guard. England’s selectors nevertheless should surely be moving on. Anderson and Broad could not stop England losing 4-0 last time in Australia, could not make the most of prime bowling conditions in the Test at Adelaide when Root sent Australia in, so why would they triumph four years later when deep into their thirties? Broad admitted that he had been prone to “floating along” on quiet days in Test cricket. In his past 47 Tests, since his last golden spell against South Africa in Johannesburg nicked off on. We’ve got to make sure, as a group of players, that we don’t look too far ahead at future series, we get it right now. If we get this wrong then we could lose these series against two very good teams. “We’ve almost got to forget about the long-term right now, we’ve got to make sure we get our bubble right to be able to perform at Test level because, mentally, if you Test schedule v West Indies Old Trafford. 3rd Test: July 24-28, Emirates Old Trafford. 1st Test: July 8-12, Ageas Bowl. 2nd Test: July 16-20, Emirates Database Tape ball game would be safe, insists Asian council Golf (Cromwell, Connecticut).Leading (US unless stated): 69 64 61 67; 66 66 63 67; (Canada) 60 68 68 67; 66 62 71 64; 66 66 65 67; 65 67 65 69 62 68 66; 66 68 64 67; 66 66 66 67; 67 66 68 64; (S Korea) 64 68 66 69; 68 64 67 68; (Norway) 63 69 67 68; 66 67 69 65; (S Korea) 68 66 68 65; 68 67 69 63; (GB) 63 68 69 67; (Mexico) 67 65 66 69; 65 67 68 68; 67 68 68 65; 63 68 70 67; 66 68 71 63; 64 63 71 71; 69 65 65 70; 67 66 67 69; 67 69 65 68; 68 66 68 67; 66 67 68 68; (Venezuela) 71 65 67 66; 70 66 69 64; 66 69 69 66; (Spain) 64 70 70 66; 65 69 72 64; (GB) 69 66 67 68; 64 70 69 67; (Spain) 66 68 66 71; 68 66 70 67; (Spain) 65 70 72 64; 67 68 66 70. 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Where is the cricketing family in supporting part of the family that makes up 35 per cent of the landscape?” Using the crisis to develop ways of sharing facilities between traditional clubs and park or tape ball teams might encourage more British Asians to join formal club set-ups. “You may be able to even pick up some players from the parks cricketing community that may want to go and join the hosting or the parent English club,” said Riaz. “Members of the cricketing family coming together creates greater understanding and it goes a long way to promote integration.” parks cricket, which is often played among British Asian communities at local authority grounds, was in danger of not being played at all this season. Many of those who play parks cricket, said Riaz, were not members of formal clubs so did not have access to good nets. “The deeper we go into the season, the more local authorities might say, sorry, we’re going to need three or four weeks to get the square and outfield ready, and then that may jeopardise the whole season for the South Asian parks cricketing community,” he added. “So, there are huge ramifications in terms of not getting any cricket at all.” As well as supporting the return of club cricket, Riaz called on clubs to do more to engage the Asian community – notably, by trying harder to ensure that their facilities were used by British Asians. “Where the traditional outfits have got nets, facilities and training P 267—S-Y V 68; among groups of more than six. “If the argument is that there’s more danger of spreading or catching coronavirus through sweat and saliva, then obviously with tape ball, there’s no usage of sweat or saliva,” said Riaz. “That’s no different to tennis players sharing balls. What’s the difference?” He added that the lack of grassroots cricket this season has had “a huge impact” among many British Asian communities. “It can have a huge detrimental effect to the game in a community that’s hugely passionate about the game,” said Riaz. “A lot of people go and watch their village cricket, club cricket, community cricket – so it’s an interaction of people.” British Asians account for an estimated one third of grass-roots cricketers in England and Wales. Riaz said that he was concerned that S R Bring back X 269—P W Bryan club cricket! 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