The Ashes: England duo James Anderson and Stuart Broad ‘fit and ready to go’ for second Test, says Chris Silverwood | Cricket News

“We are fortunate to have two great England champions at Broad and Anderson so we have extensive experience,” says Silverwood, with the top two UK wicket takers of all time lined up for the recall after nine wickets defeat at the Gabba.

Last updated: 21/12/21 19:57


Stuart Broad and James Anderson lost the defeat with England’s nine wins in Brisbane

James Anderson and Stuart Broad are “fit and ready to go” for the second Ashes Test in Adelaide, says England manager Chris Silverwood.

Fast-paced bowlers Anderson and Broad, the two best English players of all time, were excluded from the squad after losing nine wickets to Australia in the first test in Brisbane.

But both are now in line to be called back to the starting eleven in the next day / night race, starting Thursday, after four days of fine-tuning in the networks.

“We are lucky to have two great Brits like Broad and Anderson, so we have a lot of experience,” said Silverwood.

“Jimmy will be fit and ready for the second test, as will Stuart. Yes, they are available. For sure, from an experience point of view, we have a lot of experience with bowlers so I’m happy with that.”

Again the moment of decisions for England in view of the test of the Pink Ball

Having been beaten in Brisbane and questioning their own decisions, England now face more big calls before Adelaide.

Broad, 35, who worked through a calf injury sustained in August, said in his own Post on Sunday column didn’t care about “making a stink”, although he felt he could have a “positive influence” on the Gabba.

Last summer, Broad said Sky Sports he sought reassurance about his future after being dropped from the first test of the summer in England left him “frustrated, angry and gutted”.

“Stuart was great to be honest, he was obviously disappointed not to play but he realized this is a long streak,” added Silverwood.

“Everyone will raise their hand to do the hard work out there and he’s ready to do it now. We had good conversations with Stuart before any decisions were made and he was 100% on board.

“I haven’t told anyone yet that they are playing. We will have aching bodies from this test and we will make decisions from there.”

Nasser Hussain examines what changes England could make for the second Ashes Test as they try to recover from defeat in Brisbane

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Nasser Hussain examines what changes England could make for the second Ashes Test as they try to recover from defeat in Brisbane

Nasser Hussain examines what changes England could make for the second Ashes Test as they try to recover from defeat in Brisbane

England have lost 10 of their last 11 tests in Australia and only won once in their home summer, but Silverwood still believes they have a team capable of organizing an Ashes comeback.

“It’s part of my role to accept criticism because the responsibility stops with me, I have no problem with that,” he said.

“We have a good group of players here who can win the Ashes series. We have players here who can match the Aussies.

“We know it’s going to be tough here, we’ve just seen it, so the goal must be to give them the confidence that they can win the series.”

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