Broad happy with plan of attack

GOING WELL: Stuart Broad says England has got it right with its bowling line-up.
GOING WELL: Stuart Broad says England has got it right with its bowling line-up. ROB BLAKERSAAP

WITHOUT a win in nine games on its tour of Australia, India will have one more chance to boost its confidence head of the World Cup when it takes on England in Perth today for a place in the one-day triangular series final.

Australia is already through to Sunday's decider, which will also be played at the WACA.

England, three points ahead of India on the table (four are on offer for the winner of today's match), will be confident of victory after beating India by nine wickets in Brisbane earlier in the series. The Indians made just 153, with England reaching the target in just 27.3 overs, prompting criticism of the Indian players for not taking the series seriously.

The English pace attack has also copped some criticism for lacking variation, particularly a left-armer, but Broad said he thought the strategy of opening with James Anderson and Chris Woakes, then introducing himself and Steven Finn, was the correct approach.

"You do like to take the new ball, it's the best time to bowl, to get wickets and set the tone, but I'm happy in my role," Broad said. "It is quite a tough role first change, you come on seven or eight overs in and the ball's not doing anything.

"But with the balance of the four seamers, having the taller bowlers to hit the wicket in that period is a good option."

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