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Broad dubbed 'Stuart Fraud' by Brisbane press

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Stuart Broad's bowling record overseas has come under scrutiny in the Australian press © Getty Images
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England bowler Stuart Broad has been branded a fraud by an Australian newspaper that plans to omit his name from its Ashes coverage.

In its latest bid to fan the flames ahead of what promises to be a fiery Ashes series, the Brisbane Courier Mail has switched its point of attack away from Kevin Pietersen, having seen its efforts to drive a wedge between the batsman and his team-mates fall flat.

Undeterred, they are now going after Broad ahead of the first Test at the Gabba. The back page of Wednesday's edition leads on the headline: "He doesn't walk, but he talks a good game. Yet lift the covers and you'll find Stuart Fraud".

The accompanying article points to Broad's inferior record in overseas Tests. The England Twenty20 captain has taken 142 wickets in England at an average of 26.62 and 75 abroad at 38.09.

"Australia plan to turn the screws on Stuart Broad, as statistics show the quick has the worst record of England's current bowlers on foreign soil," read the Courier Mail article.

The broadside doesn't end there - a leaked picture of the Courier Mail's proposed front page on Thursday shows a splash declaring a 'Broad ban', detailing plans to omit the bowler's name from any reports relating to the Test.

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