Stuart Broad says county cricket is “treated harshly” after Joe Root’s scathing criticism

County cricket has been criticized by England captain Joe Root after his side’s defeat in Ashes, but Stuart Broad has defended the current system

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England bowler Stuart Broad has defended county cricket after Joe Root claimed the current system does not adequately prepare players for Test cricket.

Speaking after England beat Australia 4-0 in the Ashes, Root said: “Everyone who comes into this test team at the moment is doing it despite county cricket, not because of county cricket.

“I think there are definitely things that need to change, some things that need to change over a long period of time – it won’t happen overnight – but there are a lot of things that can change quite quickly and hopefully have a significant impact for young people and boys in and around this team to better prepare.”

Stuart Broad has defended county cricket


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There are plenty of ideas on how to improve first-class cricket in England, with Kevin Pietersen and Jonathan Agnew calling for the County Championship to be scrapped.

However, Broad has defended the current structure, stating county cricket is being “treated harshly” and urging people to “not disrespect it”.

In his column for the Mail on Sunday, Broad wrote: “The analysis of the defeat shows the difference between the control of red ball and white ball cricket in our country.

“Yes, you can try to adjust things like Australia has done in the past by introducing the Dukes ball into the Sheffield Shield. But sometimes the county game is hit hard.

“I’ve played a lot of county cricket since the beginning of 2019 and I think it’s important not to disrespect it.

“Yes, you could play more in June and July and bring the ball seam down a bit.

County cricket has been criticized by Joe Root after England’s defeat at Ashes


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“For what it’s worth, I don’t think the introduction of the Kookaburra ball would be a good thing as in my opinion it is not of sufficient quality to handle English moisture. It would swell.

“I accept that some pitches could be better – I’m lucky enough to play on very good surfaces at Trent Bridge – but it’s hard to attribute all our failed at bats this winter to county cricket as we also have at home failed against New Zealand and India last summer.”

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