The Age – Rejuvenated England fast bowler Stuart Broad says accusations of ball-tampering were thrown too easily but the tourists will take confidence from a “winning draw” heading into this week’s Ashes’ finale in Sydney.

Summary

  • Rejuvenated England fast bowler Stuart Broad says accusations of ball-tampering were thrown too easily but the tourists will take confidence from a “winning draw” heading into this week’s Ashes’ finale in Sydney.
  • The tourists arrived in Sydney on Sunday with the intention of finishing the campaign with victory, having at least ended Australia’s hopes of a series whitewash in Melbourne due largely to Alastair Cook’s unbeaten double century and a flat MCG deck administrators admit they got wrong.
  • The accusations from Australian Test greats came at a time the tourists were warned by the umpires to stop throwing the ball on the bounce into the wicketkeeper – a tactic used to help scuff the ball, and extract reverse swing.
  • The tourists played with a harder edge in Melbourne, with Broad responding with the ball after a wicketless Test in Perth when the Ashes were ceded.
  • Broad was a member of the England side flattened by 281 runs when the nations last met in Sydney four years ago.


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