Tuesday 20 March 2018

Cricket: Broad may have to fight for his place

England's out-of-form vice-captain Stuart Broad may face a battle to retain his place as the team eye their biggest challenge yet in India.

Pace bowler Broad was passed fit despite suffering a virus on the eve of the second Test, and then appeared but was again well short of his best in a match dominated by spin as England won to level the four-match series at 1-1.

Alastair Cook's tourists have a realistic ambition to become the first England side to win a series in India since 1984-85.

Their next stop is Kolkata on December 5, and with Steven Finn demonstrating his recovery from a thigh strain by taking four wickets for the England Performance Programme in Mumbai, Broad's place is far from guaranteed.

With Monty Panesar and Graeme Swann accounting for 19 of the 20 India wickets with spin at the Wankhede Stadium, and James Anderson bowling impressively with scant reward, Broad may struggle to beat Finn to the second seamer's position.

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