Botham, Broad in Twitter spat

2012-11-20 10:02

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.


  • richard.schmode.9 - 2012-11-20 10:14

    broad is definately one of the biggest box,s playing cricket at the moment

      staal.burgher - 2012-11-20 12:42

      Broad was the root of England's problems with KP. Any bad blood started right there. Brash South African was not liked much by England's Golden Boy who probably still looks down on us colonials. Parody tweet accounts, texting to the SA team all stems from the bad vibe that guy had a hand in creating.

      beth.cameron.94 - 2012-11-20 14:13

      @staal.burgher - can't agree with you on this one - the root of KP's problems is KP. As much as I don't like the little upstart, I'm afraid that KP can cause mayhem without help from anyone. It's debatable who the bigger prat is actually!!

      liesure.larry - 2012-11-20 16:51

      "definitely one of".. No No he is the Biggest Box...

  • jamie.stockley - 2012-11-20 10:19

    Broad Broad Broad, you will learn your lesson here little puppy. Don't try take on a legend cos clearly his stats will always speak for themselves. Enjoy looking like a cake for a few days

  • beth.cameron.94 - 2012-11-20 10:31

    Oh dear Mr Botham, you do realise that "Daddy Broad" might just have something to say about this one. Stuart Broad has to be one of the most protected cricketers in the history of the game. He is an indulged brat and average cricketer, but dad sits in the ehcelons of cricket and time and time again this little prat gets away with murder!!!!!

  • andrew.boraine.1 - 2012-11-20 10:41

    Broad's a spoilt little brat, wonder if he'll run off to daddy like the little immature boy that he is.

  • mikey.scholtz.7 - 2012-11-20 11:22

    Why does Botham even comment, surely he is aware that everyone knows Broad is a twat?

  • gordon.mazibuko - 2012-11-20 15:20

    Stuart Broad is a legend in his own mind and that is where it ends. He's an average cricketer with a massive ego and very little to show for it. He's supposed to be a bowler who bats a bit however I can't quite remember when he last bowled a side out and his contributions with the bat haven't been much to write home about. Just another spoilt little boy riding on Daddy's coat tails

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