England bowler Stuart Broad continued his preparations for the upcoming Test series with Sri Lanka by taking his first wickets in this season’s County Championship.
Running out against Sussex, the Nottinghamshire seamer recorded figures of 3-59 – including the scalp of England teammate, Matt Prior – on the second day at Hove.
It is only Broad’s second game since England’s early exit from the World T20 in Bangladesh back in March. After a wicket-less yield at home to Durham, the 27-year-old has finally managed to force some dismissals.
Broad began the day with a bat in hand, walking to crease when Chris Read (61) was undone by a Prior catch behind the stumps. The left-hander only made a brief pad-clad cameo before he was following his skipper back to the dressing room.
Two boundaries came as the Test cricketer made eight runs from six deliveries.
When Nottinghamshire were all out for 452 – largely helped by Samit Patel’s 156 – Broad was given the opportunity to do what he does best.
The fast bowler got straight to action, disrupting the Sussex top order and hampering their chances of getting near the visitors’ first innings total.
Luke Wells (1) was the first man out for the hosts as Broad soon signalled his return to the game.
The former Leicestershire bowler has been struggling with a knee injury lately, which postponed his start to the season, and subsequently ruled him out of the limited-overs contests against Sri Lanka this summer.
But Peter Moores could inherit a sharp tool for his bowling attack if England T20 captain can rediscover a bit of form before returning to the international stage.
Broad claimed two wickets at Hove before the end of his fifth over, making Rory Hamilton-Brown his second victim when he trapped the batsman LBW.
Matt Prior was the next man in. Also recovering from injury in a bid to make England’s first Test squad of the summer, the wicketkeeper proved to be more difficult to undo.
The 32-year-old spent more than an hour and a half at the crease to make his 30, but he also fell prey to an LBW dismissal against his England friend and colleague.
That wicket resulted in Broad ending the day with figures of 3-59. He received good support from Andre Adams, who contributed 3-48 to the bowling scorecard.
Ed Joyce ended day two on 104 not out, yet Nottinghamshire – and Broad – had a better day. The international bowler will hope he can do enough to warrant a place in Peter Moores’ plans.
England’s first Test of the summer is against Sri Lanka at Lord’s on June 12.
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