Ashes 2013/14: Ian Botham says Stuart Broad answers bizarre baiting in best way
Sir Ian Botham says Stuart Broad thrives on criticism so Australian baiting was bound to fail.
Last Updated: 24/11/13 4:06pm
Broad was branded 'Stuart Fraud' by Brisbane's Courier-Mail in the build-up to the first Test following his refusal to 'walk' in the first Ashes Test in England this summer and was booed by some fans on day one at the Gabba.
The 27-year-old responded by taking 5-65 as Australia, who won the toss, struggled to 273-8 after being reduced to 132-6.
"Broad was brilliant - he used the short ball sparingly but well and I think he enjoyed holding that ball up with his five-wicket haul," said former all-rounder Botham on the Sky Sports Ashes Podcast.
"There has been some pretty pathetic journalism over here, locally in the Courier-Mail, some quite bizarre stuff and there will be a few guys that will have egg on their faces now.
"That's the best way to answer these people. The worst thing they could do was to bait him as they have done because they gave him all of the energy and enthusiasm he needed; he responded magnificently.
"His bowling is always getting better because he learns and when things are looking tough and hard he brings out something special.
"So well done Stuart Broad and well done England; it was very much their day. If they bat anything like we would expect them to on this pitch, then there are lots of runs to be had."
Australia will start day two with Brad Haddin (78no) and Ryan Harris at the crease but Botham fully expects England's seamers to make light work of the tail and then establish a sizeable first-innings advantage.
He added: "Kevin Mitchell, the curator, was a little bit worried about the weather forecast which has changed (as it often does in the tropics).
"I think this wicket was just a day drier than he would normally have had it so days two and three should be extremely good for batting.
"We don't expect it to do a great deal for at least another two days and I think England will be thinking about batting for most of that time.
"They'll come here tomorrow morning and the bowlers will be fresh and they've got a relatively new ball - it's 10 overs old and there are just two wickets to go and then they'll be batting."
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