Stuart Broad is a shenanigan superhero

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Really, with hindsight, they should have protected Jason Roy from the new ball by hiding him at two. Batting at four in England’s second innings, he took strike before Joe Denly, the man who replaced him as opener.

It was a bad end to a bad day from England. Fortunately, bad days from England can actually be quite entertaining because bad days tend to mean even more shenanigans from Stuart Broad than usual.

Earlier this week we wrote a piece for Cricket 365 about Stuart Broad, his shenanigans and his superpowers.


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  1. I couldn’t see Broad and Anderson playing a full part in this Ashes series, to be honest. Happy to be proven partially right by Jimmy, but so much more happy to be proven wrong by Broad. Superhero.

  2. All that, and the cask ale bar ran out of Dizzy Blonde by lunch as well. Truly, a difficult day of cricket.

      1. By 1:30, certainly. There may have been some left at the start of lunch, technically.

        The staff were apparently quite looking forward to running out of all the other cask ales as well, given the relentless demand (they always underestimate the willingness of ale drinkers to forgo otherwise convenient bars which only serve Fosters).

        Said demand was indeed quite something, but was nothing compared to the demand for toilets at tea… I saw some stuff.

      2. Which other cask ales were on offer, APW?

        I must confess that Dizzy Blonde must have come along “after my time”, as I really don’t recall it. Sadly, I have had to forgo ale these last 10-15 years.

        I remember Old Tom, by which I mean I remember starting a pint of it but have no recollection of reaching the end of it, although I must have done so.

      3. Well Ged – they had Two Hoots (Holts), MPA (JW Lees, not served in a grooved glass), and then the Dizzy Blonde was briefly replaced by an IPA, possibly a Holts one.

        There was a cocktail stand (“just £27, your Aperol Spritz jug”) around the corner, plus a Hardy’s wine stand and a Pimms and Champagne bar. For the real degenerates, they also had John Smith’s and, *shudder* Foster’s.

        I haven’t seen Old Tom on tap recently but it can still be had in many a Greater Manchester supermarket.

      4. Crumbs. I can’t honestly say I remember Two Hoots either. Holt’s Bitter and Holt’s Mild were certainly on my “gooduns” list though. Is Two Hoots very different from the good old bitter?

        You can keep yer cocktail stands etc.

        And Hardy’s wouldn’t get my business while an Ashes series was still alive as I abstain from all forms of Aussie beverage during the Ashes.

        As for Fosters, surely you can save time and eliminate the middle man by pouring the stuff straight into the urinal from the tap?

    1. No Pants must be setting some sort of record for “most almost-dismissals in a series”, the amount of LBW appeals and inside edges past the stumps he gets before actually getting out each innings seems unreal.

  3. I am not indifferent to the astonishing lack of indifferent reactions. I have added one.

    On a side note, you mention that Broad is not an out and out super hero – i think at least in England terms he counts for that now?

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