Botham, Broad in Twitter spat
Cape Town - Sir Ian Botham has hit out at Stuart Broad after the England bowler reacted angrily to criticism of his form.
After England's nine-wicket defeat to India
in the first Test in Ahmedabad, Broad tweeted:"Before you listen to too many ex-playing 'experts' being negative, ask them if they ever won a Test series in India...#28years."
According to the BBC website
, Botham replied in a tweet to Broad, criticising his overseas performances.
He wrote:"Didn't average 40+ with the ball overseas! Not sure what I scored vs India with the bat?* #justsaying"*Botham had a batting average of 61.55 and a bowling average of 25.53 in seven Tests in India from 1980-1982.
Broad later tweeted to play down the row.
He wrote: "Spat with @BeefyBotham?? What spat? Love Beefy, best bowler England have ever had, then add his batting. Twitter is funny at times!"
Meanwhile, Botham called for England to make four changes for the second Test in Mumbai starting on November 23.
He wants to see Steven Finn, Monty Panesar, Eoin Morgan and Jonny Bairstow brought in for Broad, Tim Bresnan, Samit Patel and Ian Bell, who is flying home to attend the birth of his child.