Stuart Broad reveals plan ahead of Test series against India

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Since debuting against Pakistan nearly 12 years ago, England's Stuart Broad has become one of the side's most reliable bowlers in recent years.

His new-ball partnership with James Anderson has driven England's attack in Test matches, helping Anderson become the first England bowler to reach 400 Test wickets.

Ahead of this summer's Test Series against India, English players and coaches have identified a major threat. One that has certainly made waste of England once before.

Indian batsman Virat Kohli scored a whopping 655 runs across India's 4-0 demolition of England last season, averaging 109 per test. 

This year, Kohli looks as threatening as ever, reaching 40 runs in five innings out of six during the white-ball games.

However, Broad is determined England can replicate the 2014 series, where the side won 3-1 and reduced Kohli's average to just 13 from five tests.

"We'll look at footage from 2014, when we really limited the number of runs he got," Broad said, per The Mail. "He's improved a lot as a player since then and learned a lot from that series. He's since got runs in Australia and South Africa, and scored a lot against us in India.

"You've got to stay away from his pads early which sounds ridiculous, but it is like Jonathan Trott. People said to go to his pads early, then suddenly he had hit 20 balls and he's in.


"I will probably lean away from him being an lbw candidate early because that gets him going and once he gets in his conversion-rate is fantastic."

Broad also says that England's batsmen can benefit from their experience against India's left-handed spin-bowler Kuldeep Yadav. Yadav took six wickets in the first ODI at Trent Bridge, three in the second, but none for 55 innings in the third.

With British weather to remain hot, and pitches to remain drier, success in spin-bowling could decide the series. However, knowing how Kuldeep will play his game could be crucial for England.

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Broad continued: "They'll have got used to his variations and his pace. They will know what areas they will look to score off, and they should be more comfortable playing his mystery spin.

"From a selfish Test-match side of it, the batsmen have had a really good look at a spinner who could be very dangerous in the conditions we're likely to play in."

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