Wisden Trophy 2020: Can Stuart Broad sustain second wind as England ponder other options?

As he sits on the verge of becoming only the fourth pacer in history to breach the 500-wicket barrier in Tests, Stuart Broad finds himself with the prospect of missing a first home Test appearance in eight years.

With England reportedly pondering unleashing the pace duo of Jofra Archer and Mark Wood on the West Indies, Broad’s seasoned pairing with James Anderson is likely to be broken. It was against the Windies in 2012 that Broad was last omitted for a Test on England soil, and history could repeat itself when the two teams take the field at the Ageas Bowl on Wednesday.

That Broad will get his milestone is inevitable really, especially with England playing six Tests in quick succession against West Indies and Pakistan. Although the impression one gets is that of Broad largely playing secondary foil to Anderson’s exploits, they have a similar strike-rate of approximately 57 after 289 Tests between them.

It has now always been the smoothest rides in an England shirt for a man who recently turned 34, with a near 14-year long senior career punctuated between several highs along with a few lows. He will not be placed in the elite category of Test pacers which includes the Glenn McGraths, the Richard Hadlees and the Dale Steyns, though his career numbers have justified a position in a tier just below them.

As a man who is adored by England fans as equally as he is hated in Australia, Broad’s career is remarkable. As England mull their pace options for the three-Test series against the West Indies, we take a look back at how Broad’s Test fortunes have progressed over the years.

A TOUGH BAPTISM BY FIRE

When he made his England Test debut in Colombo towards the end of 2007, Broad had already

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Lea Salonga backs ABS-CBN president Carlo Katigbak: ‘I vouch for this man’s grace’

Lea Salonga (L) is all praises for the leadership of ABS-CBN president and CEO Carlo Katigbak. Image: Instagram/@msleasalonga, INQUIRER.net/Cathy Miranda

Acclaimed Broadway actress and singer Lea Salonga threw her support for ABS-CBN CEO and president Carlo Katigbak, who has been representing the media company in Congress as it seeks a franchise renewal.

She praised him for his leadership amid the struggles of ABS-CBN since it was shut down in May, following a cease-and-desist order from the National Telecommunications Commission (NTC).

“I can vouch for this man’s grace. In the few times that I’ve met him, he’s been nothing but filled with grace and calm, and always with a smile on his face,” Salonga said on Twitter yesterday, July 5.

“As much as I fear that things won’t go the way of ABS-CBN, this much I know: [he] will continue to lead without acting the bully or throwing his weight around.”

“This is the kind of leader I resonate with, the kind of leader I follow, the kind of leader I aspire to be. Whatever happens, Carlo, I lift you up and support you,” Salonga declared.

ABS-CBN has been hit with another set of cease-and-desist orders from the NTC last June 30, this time targeting channels Sky Direct and TV Plus.

Katigbak’s calm demeanor caught the public’s attention in the Senate hearing last February that covered the media giant’s franchise issues. Admiration for him led comedian Vice Ganda to remind people that Katigbak

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Klopp happy to develop Liverpool habit of winning ugly

Liverpool’s German manager Jurgen Klopp looks on before the UEFA Champions league Round of 16 second leg football match between Liverpool and Atletico Madrid at Anfield in Liverpool, north west England on March 11, 2020. (Photo by Paul ELLIS / AFP)

Jurgen Klopp said Liverpool’s ability to grind out wins when not at their best has been a hallmark of the champions this season after Sadio Mane and Curtis Jones struck in the final 20 minutes to beat struggling Aston Villa 2-0 on Sunday.

After a 4-0 humbling at the hands of Manchester City in their first match as Premier League champions on Thursday, Klopp’s men again failed to hit the heights that made them runaway leaders before a three-month hiatus due to the coronavirus pandemic.

But Mane’s sweet strike off the underside of the bar and Jones’s deflected effort kept up a run of 24 consecutive league wins at Anfield for the Reds and left Villa still languishing in the bottom three.

“We are where we are because we win difficult games,” said Klopp.

“Today Aston Villa was fighting with all they had and it makes life uncomfortable. It was not a brilliant performance but it was a good performance that gets us three points.”

Klopp has insisted he will not dish out appearances “like Christmas presents” in the final month of the campaign as his side eye a record points tally in English top-flight history.

Liverpool moved onto 89 points with a further 15 still up for grabs to beat City’s record of 100 from two seasons ago.

In front of an empty Anfield, the hosts struggled to summon their best with the big prize already won and just re-writing the record books to play for.

Villa, by contrast, are still desperate for points in their battle to

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