Wednesday, July 9, 2008

Control line and length

South Africa gear up for Thursday's start to the four-Test series at Lord's with possibly the most feared pace attack in world cricket with Dale Steyn, currently rated the fastest bowler in the world, and Morne Morkel both capable of bowling at faster than 90mph.

But 21-year-old Nottinghamshire seamer Broad, who himself was timed at 90mph during the recent one-day series defeat against New Zealand, said: "I don't think we need to meet their pace and bounce at all - we need to stick to what we've done well in the past four or five Test matches."

He added: "We've got two world class swing bowlers with the new ball so obviously we'll be hoping it swings and we just need to stick to the game plans we've used throughout the last Test match series.

"They worked very nicely for us there and we don't need to try and be someone we're not. I think we all bowl above 85mph which is useful, but we look to do things with the ball.

"The key for us, which we've talked about, is not to try and match pace and bounce and not be something we're not.

"If we stick to our game plans and do what we do well I'm sure we'll be successful if we do that."

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