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Stuart Broad is ready to put on the England shirt again after remaining on the sidelines for a while. He had not been included in the squad for the 5-match One Day International series against Sri Lanka because of fitness problems, but, he is fit and fine now and is all set to make an impact for the Poms in 5-day cricket.
Broad was one of the very few members of the English side for whom the Ashes tour of Australia had gone well. He had created problems for the Kangaroo batsmen right through the series there and ended up getting more than 20 wickets.
He couldn’t carry on the same kind of form towards the end of the season though as his performances on the tour of West Indies and then in the World T20 Championship were not satisfactory, but, one could understand that. He had already played a lot of cricket in the season and thus, weariness was taking effect on him.
But, now that he is returning completely fresh, the English captain Alastair Cook can expect him to bowl sharp and keep the Sri Lankan batsmen on their toes.
Broad always likes bowling at home. The English conditions suit him very well, but, one thing for which he often suffers criticism is that he bowls short even when the ball is seaming. He gets carried away with the bounce that he gets because of his height. If he pitches the ball up quite regularly, he would achieve a lot more success that what he has achieved so far.
Despite being only 27 years of age at the moment, Broad has already become one of the most successful bowlers for England in test match cricket. He has more than 200 test wickets under his belt.
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The South African all rounder and one of the greatest players of all time, Jacques Kallis, believes that Virat Kohli has got a lot of talent, but, it’s not going to be that easy for him to break Sachin Tendulkar’s record of 100 hundreds in international cricket.
Kohli has been playing international cricket only for about 5-6 years and he has already got 25 hundreds (19 in ODIs and 6 in tests) under his belt. He can easily play for another 10-12 years and the rate at which he has been scoring centuries in the recent times; it doesn’t seem that difficult for him to go past Tendulkar’s tally.
But, according to Kallis, it would be a challenge for Virat to maintain this sort of consistency right through his career.
In one of his interviews recently, when Kallis was asked if Virat is talented enough to leave Tendulkar behind as far as scoring hundreds is concerned, he said, “Look, Virat is blessed with a lot of talent; there is no doubt about that. But, to go past Tendulkar will be one hell of a task for him and I don’t think we should even start the comparisons so early. Virat is a young lad who is going pretty well and he should just be left on his own. These types of comparisons might distract him.”
Kallis announced his retirement from test match cricket after the series against India last year. When asked how his life has been post retirement, he said, “Well, I am still an active player. I haven’t fully retired. So, it’s a bit difficult for me to answer this question, but, yes, I haven’t been playing regularly and I miss that to be honest.”
Kallis still plays ODIs and T20s for South Africa.