Botham's beef with Broad in Twitter row: Don't listen to ex-playing 'experts', warns Stuart… But Sir Ian (who averaged 55 in India) hits back with lusty blow
12:09 GMT, 19 November 2012
Ian Botham and Stuart Broad became embroiled in a heated Twitter row as England crashed to a crushing nine-wicket defeat in India this morning.
Broad saved his fiercest delivery of the week for his tweet, posted in the aftermath of the loss in Ahmedabad, when he wrote: 'And before u listen to too many ex
playing 'experts' being negative, ask them if they ever won a Test
series in India….#28years'.
Botham came off his long run to deliver a speedy reposte, which read: '
'@StuartBroad8 Didn't average 40+ with the ball overseas…! Not sure
what I scored against India with the bat.. #justsaying'
Hitting out: Stuart Broad let rip on Twitter after England lost the first Test against India
England's greatest all-rounder
Botham, 56, who is working for Sky Sports as a pundit throughout the
series, hit 114 in the Golden Jubilee Test in Mumbai in 1980 and averaged 55 as England lost the six-Test series 1-0 in 1981-82.
Broad scored just three runs on
the final day as England collapsed and failed to take a single wicket in the entire Test.
Broad was candid enough to admit England's performance in the First Test was wanting. He tweeted: 'India outplayed us. A few positives but on the whole poor so sorry for that. Onwards and upwards.'
He then followed up that posting with the one challenging the 'ex-playing “experts”'.
Minutes later, the England t20 captain added another message to his Twitter feed, which read: 'On
DRS. I hear 12 decisions would have been overturned in the Test.
Potentially match changing but India would have had 8 of them
ENGLAND IN INDIA
Mumbai, begins Friday (4.30am)
Kolkata, December 5-9
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Botham was later challenged by one Twitter user who accused the former England captain of 'kicking' the defeated Broad while he 'was down'.
Botham posted: '@andrew14ad: @BeefyBotham @stuartbroad8 Ian should not kick a man when he is down me thinks!!” Who started the kicking..'
Meanwhile, England captain Alastair Cook took comfort from the character his side showed in the second innings despite having gone down to a nine-wicket defeat in the first Test against India in Ahmedabad.
The chances of a brave rearguard being commuted into a famous stalemate in this first match of four centred on Cook (176) and Matt Prior (91) on the final day.
But they could augment their combined defiance by only 16 more runs – and with their stand of 157 broken, England lost their last five wickets for only 50 in a lunchtime 406 all out.
India's resulting target of 77 was then treated with near contempt by Virender Sehwag and Cheteshwar Pujara, whose aggression put paid to any fanciful notion that Graeme Swann's off-spin might yet make life difficult on a worn pitch.
Gearing up for a rumble: Ian Botham (left) and Shane Warne lark about last summer before the Second Test between England the West Indies (FILE IMAGE)
Brave effort: Alastair Cook scored 176 in England's second innings
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Cook knew he and Prior had to remain at the crease if England were to pull off something special but he was pleased with his team's fight.
He said at the post-match presentation: 'There was an outside chance: Matty and I knew we would have to do the majority of the work. We got closer and closer and knew India had done a huge amount of overs in the field as well.
'That was the inspiration this morning. It wasn't meant to be. We didn't get that partnership going as we did last night.
'There was a lot of character showed by the lads. They fought hard.'
He added: 'It was a great fightback. We were in a very tough situation and to get to the last day there is always a glimmer of hope.
'It had to be something very special – unfortunately it wasn't meant to be today.
'We fought hard – we can take a lot from the second half of that game with the batting. We need to work hard so when we go to Mumbai we can start again.'
India counterpart MS Dhoni said: 'As the game progressed there was a bit of low bounce for spinners but not much turn so they had to work really hard – it was a fantastic effort by them.
'What was important was not to give many runs. A fantastic performance by the whole team.'
Pujara, who helped put India in a commanding position by scoring 206 not out in the first innings and then got the hosts over the line with an unbeaten second-innings knock of 41 today, was thrilled with his man-of-the-match display.
Digging in: Matt Prior weighed in with 91 runs as England tried to scrape a draw
'It's a great feeling,' he said at the post-match presentation, televised on Sky Sports 1. 'I was out for almost a year because of the injury and since I've been back I've been enjoying the dressing-room atmosphere.
'The ball was hard and coming nicely onto the bat. I had a lot of confidence after scoring a double hundred.'
The 24-year-old also acknowledged the efforts of the India bowlers in dismissing England twice.
'I think initially (the pitch) was quite slow but as the game progressed the ball was coming nicely onto the bat,' he said.
'There was a bit of time when it was quite slow so it was difficult for the bowlers to get the wickets.
'I would like to congratulate our bowlers on the way they bowled and kept their patience to get them out twice.'