Miller backing for Broad
National selector thinks seamer is showing signs of a return to form
Last Updated: July 17, 2011 1:50pm
Miller: Thinks Broad is improving ahead of India series
National selector Geoff Miller believes Stuart Broad is starting to get back to his best form ahead of England's Test series with India.
The pace bowler was included in a 12-man squad for the first Test at Lord's despite struggling to take wickets during the recent Test and one-day series with Sri Lanka.
He was dropped for the NatWest Series decider against the World Cup runners-up last weekend to accommodate an extra spinner at Old Trafford.
Instead Broad turned out for county side Nottinghamshire against Somerset and Miller was impressed with the 25-year-old's response, as he took match figures of 6-162.
"We watched him bowl here at Trent Bridge in the four-day game. There were signs he was getting back to where he was," Miller told Sky Sports News.
Broad will likely have to battle Tim Bresnan for a place in the England attack, alongside seamers Chris Tremlett and James Anderson and off-spinner Graeme Swann.
Miller said of Broad: "We know what he is capable of doing, and when he puts on that England shirt we feel sure he will show exactly that and produce the goods and make it difficult for India.
"They (Broad and Bresnan) are two bowlers who can produce on the day, and we are looking forward to them producing at Lord's."
He added: "Pace and bounce would be nice for our bowlers certainly. We've got a strong batting line-up. But it's about producing on the day.
"We've got Matt Prior coming in at number seven, which is special. We're quite happy with our batting strength, and also with our bowling strength as well."
Miller hopes that England take advantage of home conditions against the world's top-ranked Test side, who come into the four-match series on the back of a hard-fought 1-0 victory over the West Indies in the Caribbean.
"It's tough for India to come straight over from the West Indies and play in our conditions. It hasn't been ideal preparation for them," he said.
"They didn't seem to do particularly well with the bat the other day (in their first innings of a Tour match against Somerset) - but that doesn't mean they won't be able to turn it on at Lord's.
"We prepare very thoroughly and are ready. So we hope we can hit the ground running - and I'm sure we will."