The former international cricketer believes Andrew Strauss should be encouraging Broad to play instead of stopping him
SHANE WARNE has labelled England’s decision to force Stuart Broad to rest “a joke”.
The legendary leggie reckons Stuart Broad — a veteran of 102 Test Cricket matches — needs to play to maintain his impressive early season form.
When asked how he would have responded if told to rest, Aussie Warne raised his middle finger.
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England supremo Andrew Strauss denied Broad’s request to play in Notts’ four-day cricket match at Durham, which starts today.
Strauss and head coach Trevor Bayliss want Broad’s appearances rationed with 14 Tests and 30-plus white-ball games in the next 12 months.
But Shane Warne, 47, insisted: “The only way bowlers get better is to find their rhythm early.
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“He can worry about the rest of the summer later.
“I can’t believe Broad has been told not to play — that’s a joke. It’s cotton wool stuff and the player is going to get the hump — and you want a happy player.
“If someone had said to me ‘You’re resting this game’ I would have said ‘No’ and argued my case. I’d hope common sense would prevail and I’d be allowed to play.”
Essex are “hopeful” Alastair Cook will be fit to face Somerset at Taunton today.
The former Test skipper, 32, missed last week’s opener against Lancashire with a hip injury.
County coach Chris Silverwood said: “Alastair will have one final fitness test in the morning but we are hopeful he will be OK to play.”
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