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Jonny Bairstow hits back at Stuart Broad critics

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England wicketkeeper, Jonny Bairstow says people need to get off Stuart Broad's back after the bowler came under fire over his worst Test performance in Perth last week.

Ex-captain Michael Vaughan was among those who said England should consider dropping Broad for the Test tour of New Zealand in the spring of 2018.

Both Broad and Anderson have struggled to be the prolific selves on the tour but Bairstow has dismissed suggestions England's frontline bowling needs a shake up.

"Naturally, people will pick things apart when the team is not going well — but you have to remember those two guys are the most successful seam bowling partnership that’s ever played the game," the wicket-keeper said, as per The Sun.

“To pick apart the bowling of someone who has played more than 100 Test matches after one or two games is pretty harsh.

“People would do a lot better if they got behind the team.”

Broad is expected to feature in his 113th Test at the MCG on Boxing Day after declaring himself fit following a knee problem.

Despite having some fluid drained off his troublesome joint last week, Vaughan still thinks it isn't worth picking him to feature: “If Stuart really does have a dodgy left knee, then do not play him.

“Taking 25 wickets at nearly 40 is not good enough for Broad, particularly given some of the wickets he has bowled on.

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"He has not bowled in Australia to the standard he would have liked so maybe the call is to leave him out for a while.”

Having already lost The Ashes, Bairstow admitted England are viewing the final two Tests as a two-match mini-series.

He continued: “You can talk as much as you want about the whitewash, but, in our minds, it’s not on the agenda.

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“Without a doubt, in our eyes it is now a two-Test series. That’s exactly how we’ve got to look at it - go out and try to win both Test matches."

Now the series is lost, England are simply playing for pride and looking to avoid a whitewash in Melbourne and Sydney.

Do you agree with the recent criticism of Broad, or is the team as a whole to blame for the poor results from England?

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