England handed pace boost as Broad, Stone and Archer cleared to return

  • Broad back in action ahead of schedule for Notts
  • Archer to bowl at full intensity from next week

England’s pace attack is starting to move through the gears with Stuart Broad and Olly Stone returning to county action this week and Jofra Archer given the all-clear to resume training after his recent surgery.

Broad was originally down to miss the opening two rounds of the County Championship while managing his workload before the Test summer starts but after sending down just 52 overs in Sri Lanka and India this year and otherwise restricted to the nets he has asked to bring forward his first outing for Nottinghamshire this season.

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‘Something drastic’: Stuart Broad would back social media boycott over abuse

  • Broad says England squad could ‘make a stand’ against abuse
  • ‘It is worth a conversation – it’s a really strong message’

Stuart Broad has suggested England’s cricket team would be willing to join football’s boycotting of social media in order to “make a stand” against online abuse.

The Championship clubs Swansea and Birmingham and the recently crowned Scottish champions Rangers are in the midst of a week-long social media blackout in protest against racist abuse of individuals. The former Arsenal and France forward Thierry Henry has also quit all platforms for the same reason while the Liverpool captain, Jordan Henderson, has made his feelings on the issue clear by handing control of his accounts to an anti-cyberbullying charity.

Related: Rangers join Swansea’s social media boycott over online abuse

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