Stuart Broad Involved In Ugly Spat With Journalist On Twitter, Gets Support From James Anderson
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Stuart Broad Involved In Ugly Spat With Journalist On Twitter, Gets Support From James Anderson

Stuart Broad, James Anderson
Stuart Broad and James Anderson. (Credits: Twitter)

England veteran Stuart Broad was involved in an ugly spat with journalist Jonathan Liew on Twitter after the latter posted a content about England’s recently-concluded Test season at home.

England hosted West Indies and Pakistan amid the pandemic and successfully managed to complete both the series. While they beat West Indies 2-1, they got the better of Pakistan by 1-0. England are now gearing up for the limited-overs series against Pakistan and Australia.

Liew, however, argues that the season was a wasted one for England. In the article, headlined ‘England retreat into safe and familiar embrace of Broad and Anderson’, Liew insisted that the hosts missed opportunities to prepare for upcoming overseas challenges in India and Australia.

“Peer under the bonnet and you will find a team where half of the top six failed to pass 50, where 24 of their 41 wickets were taken by their two oldest bowlers,” he wrote, with both facts pertaining to the series victory over Pakistan. “Was this England’s summer of discovery, then? Learning that, yes, Jimmy Anderson and Stuart Broad are very good in English conditions? If this series was an online course, you’d ask for your money back.”

Joe Root, England
Joe Root with the Wisden Trophy [Photo-PA]

Stuart Broad hits back:

Stuart Broad could not help but hit back at Liew over his article and also labelled it as clickbait. The right-arm pacer, who is England’s second highest Test wicket-taker, also went on to call Liew “desperate for attention”.

The England star responded “very good point well made” to the following tweet from an user:

“They are our best two bowlers. Am i missing something? They tried to drop @StuartBroad8 and he just proved them wrong yet again. And why cant we just enjoy seeing our greatest ever bowler whilst we can instead of trying to shove @jimmy9 out the door? [sic]”

“We have to remember a lot of these articles are clickbait,” Stuart Broad added. “Desperation for attention, rather than writing good pieces. In England, we seem obsessed by the next chapter instead of enjoying the successful one.”

In separate replies, directly to Liew, Stuart Broad said: “Won 3 out of 4 with 2 Washouts. I like winning, so I don’t class that as “Wasted.” 2 Series Victories.

“Bowlers Historic Milestones, Crawley 267, Buttler MoS, Buttler/ Woakes incredible match winning partnership, Stokes all round ability, Sibley monster knock & many more positives. NAH, I’ll find my different Angle. [sic]”

James Anderson, who recently became the first pacer to take 600 Test wickets, soon threw his support behind his bowling partner and called his assessment of the season “spot on”.

But Liew was not done yet and he took another dig at Stuart Broad, saying that the likes of Mark Wood and Jofra Archer would have got more chance, had he not thrown ‘your hissy fit’ after being left out of the playing eleven for the first Test against West Indies.

“I’d like to have seen Mark Wood get more of a chance, and Jofra with the new ball,” tweeted Liew. “Which they might have done had you not thrown your hissy fit. Fine to disagree! But that doesn’t make it clickbait. And – genuinely – well bowled this summer.”

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