• Revealed: Why Broad, Stokes argued

    England fast bowler Stuart Broad has shared the reasons behind the on-field argument with star all-rounder Ben Stokes during the Boxing Day Test.

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    ‘We got a wicket and in the huddle afterwards, I said: “Boys, I think we can up our standards out here, bowlers can hit the lengths harder, fielders can stop the ones, they’re on top of us with their energy”,’ Broad told the Daily Mail.

    ‘Stokesy went, “I don’t agree with you.” Which is great. You don’t want yes men, do you?

    ‘He said, “I don’t agree with you, I think we’ve been good.” I said: “Fair enough, it’s just my opinion but I don’t think we’ve been very good.” And we had a bit of back and forth like that. I really liked that. A couple of minutes later he walked over and gave me a big fist pump and he even texted me that night saying something like “Sorry, mate, for that disagreement.”

    ‘There’s no need to say sorry. That’s sport. That’s what it’s about. It’s part of why communication is so strong in this group. The great thing about that was it was just two blokes trying to get England in a better place.’

    The pair will be looking to take England to a 2-1 lead when the fourth Test starts in Port Elizabeth on Thursday.

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