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Boycott hails Broad performance

Stuart Broad
Boycott believes Broad has the ability to be a great all-rounder

Former England opener Geoffrey Boycott has hailed Stuart Broad's batting performance in England's 10-wicket second Test defeat to South Africa.

The 22-year-old scored an unbeaten 67 in a defiant last wicket stand to help England avoid an innings defeat in an otherwise below-par England display.

And Boycott even compared the Nottinghamshire all-rounder to West Indies great Sir Garry Sobers.

"He's a wonderful player. There's a little bit of Sobers in him," he said.

"I've said that right from the word go.

"He stands up tall, he has a flowing backlift and he plays the ball off the back foot on the offside and on the leg side with a straight bat as good as anybody I've seen since Sobers.

"It helps to be tall, but there a lot of tall players around who can't play like that, he played fantasically.

"One of these days he's going to realise he has fantastic ability to be a genuine all-rounder and go and get hundreds."

see also
Selection was confused - Vaughan
21 Jul 08 |  England
South Africa in England in 2008
14 Nov 07 |  Cricket

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