Ashes 2013: Stuart Broad will get past Australia’s sledging, says confident Alastair Cook

Stuart Broad was at the receiving end of the fury of Australian players and fans after his refusal to walk and deliberate time-wasting during the first Test © Getty Images

London: Jul 18, 2013
After the infamous incident at Trent Bridge where Stuart Broad refused to walk after edging to slips and his time-wasting tactic ahead of lunch on fifth day, the all-rounder has become a hate figure among the Australians. However, skipper Alastair Cook is confident that Broad will get past the frequent sledging he is likely to be subjected to in the second Test.
“He has always been a very combative cricketer and that is one of his great strengths. He is a great fighter. I think that is one of the reasons he has been so successful in international cricket.
“What happens off the field, whether you call him a hate figure or whatever, there is always one person on either side – it was Ricky Ponting a few years ago. If it is Broady, it’s Broady. He is a fine cricketer and he can deal with anything,” Cook was quoted as saying by The Telegraph.
Cook defended that there was nothing for Broad to be ashamed over the controversies created during the first Test.
“I think he wouldn’t be half the player he is ­without that edge he’s got. He loves the competition, it brings out the best in him. He’s a great character, great fighter and we’re going to need 10 more of those guys over the next five days.”
While Broad’s refusal to walk incited huge uproar among former players and fans, his deliberate wasting of time at the stroke of lunch with one Aussie wicket remaining caused great discontent among the Australian media. Broad removed his shoes and was busy tying it back at his own pace.
According the reports, Steve Waugh, Adam Gilchrist and Glenn McGrath have urged their players to be verbally more aggressive during the match.
With 1-0 down in the series, it would be naïve not expecting the Australians have a go at their opposition, after-all this is going to be a virtual must-win since a defeat or draw would sustain the pressure of deficit against a confident English side.