England v India, 1st Investec Test, Trent Bridge, 2nd day July 10, 2014

Broad hopes to grind down India


Stuart Broad has become the latest England player to bemoan the lack of home advantage after his side conceded a tenth-wicket stand of 111 to India on the second day of the Investec Test series at Trent Bridge.

Broad had called for a pitch offering pace and bounce in the lead-up to the game, but was instead presented with a surface that he claimed was slower than those found in India.

While Broad welcomed the apology made by the Nottinghamshire groundsman, Steve Birks, at the end of day one, he did appeal for quicker surfaces for the remainder of the series.

"It's certainly not what England would have asked for and not what Trent Bridge would have hoped for," Broad, who plays his county cricket at the ground, said. "I think the best thing that's happened is Trent Bridge have come out and said 'Look, our mistake', and apologised for the pitch.

"Trent Bridge is renowned for exciting cricket. You come here to see nicks carry, dropped catches, good runs, exciting shots and quick bowling. We've not really seen a lot of that. I just hope that other grounds don't follow suit."

Despite the stand between Mohammad Shami and Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Broad felt England had bowled well in difficult circumstances and kept India to a total no better than par. He also felt that England would have a good chance of repaying the punishment as their own innings progresses.

"The two batsmen played very well," Broad said. "But once the ball is soft, there's no help for length bowling. We tried everything but they kept the ball out.

"But in the middle session we claimed four wickets for 90 runs, which was out best session of the day, so it's hard to be too down on ourselves.

"460 is a decent score. It's not a 600 which could easily have happened on that wicket. If you can't bowl a bouncer at a lower-order player, it takes out a lot of the threat. Batsmen can get forward and protect their stumps, and then thrive off any width, so we will be hoping to do the same.

"We've got one job: to bat as big as we possibly can. We have to make use of days three and four and try to put the Indians under pressure on the last day.

"If we can get a good start and build, I'm sure the Indian bowlers won't be looking forward to bowling at Ben Stokes coming in at No. 8 when they're a bit tired. We can certainly get a big score if we get our heads down."

Broad also backed Alastair Cook to recover his batting form and, while admitting the England captain - who has now gone 25 innings without a Test century - was in "a rut" insisted poor fortune was a primary reason for the lack of runs.

"When you're in a bit of a rut and you've not scored runs for a while, things go against you," Broad said. "I can count on one hand the number of times I've seen the ball canon off the thigh pad on to the stumps. They generally go to fine leg for one.

"He is just in one of those places at the minute. It will turn. It just takes a cover drive or a dropped catch to change the momentum. We've certainly got enough cricket in the next five weeks for it to change.

"He was fine afterwards. When you get out like that there's not a lot you can do. If he had drilled one to extra cover he would have been annoyed. But he was chatting away, he was chirpy. He was disappointed not to make a big contribution but those sort of dismissals are so rare you can't do much about it."

George Dobell is a senior correspondent at ESPNcricinfo

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  • Ashok on July 11, 2014, 19:33 GMT

    At least Broad put his money where his mouth is! He was the one who started the rear guard action & Anderson is completing it. England recovered from 202 for 7 to finish Day 3 at 352 for 9. It looks like the match is heading for a Draw. What a stroke of luck that Shami & Kumar had that big partnership which is current difference betwn. the 2 teams. Had India finished England from 202 for 7 to 210 all out, they had a chance for winning. I am sure Dhoni is regretting not playing a proper bowler instead of Binny, who has been a passenger so far. A genuine pace bowler like Aaron or off spinner Ashwin could have finished the tail. With 6 LH bats in England, Ashwin's off spinners would have been more effective than Jadeja's spinners or Binny's non existent Medium pace.

  • Dummy4 on July 11, 2014, 7:20 GMT

    @9ST9: No DRS, no reviews. The ball hit Vijay high on the pad and was well over the stumps according to Hawkeye. If, BCCI accepted DRS, and had Vijay reviewed, he would have been saved.

  • Dummy4 on July 11, 2014, 6:52 GMT

    Too much criticism on England I think. Yes they bowled bad but they also bowled well in patches and Broad bowled very well. It happens sometimes, tailenders getting a partnership and runs. I dont find any fault in Anders or Broad asking for better pitches. Every ground has a certain playing rythm to it and this is not Trent bridge that we are looking at on TV. The conditions are out of control but the pitch should be better. Even the fans love to watch test cricket in England because of the pitches which support swing and a bit of bounce. Home advantage should count. Why are people forgetting that in the 2012-13 series, even Dhoni asked for rank turners and got them only for India to lose the series. England still did well to stop India at 460, apart from that last partnership. The real test is how England will bat on the same pitch.

  • Sundaram on July 11, 2014, 6:06 GMT

    Broad hopes to 'grind' down eh? 5 sessions of leather hunt, a century partnership by the last wicket pair, and Broad speaks of bravado!

    I didn't notice the pitch being slow when the Indians bowled. Admitted it was the new ball, but even so. Shami got good carry, and Bhuvi got decent movement off the pitch. Only Ishant did not get his length right.

    So its' all more moaning, whining and bravado by the Englishmen. 35 overs per innings for England's pacers will mean they will break down after the 2nd Test. It is Broad who will be ground and brought down to the ground.

  • Siddesh on July 11, 2014, 5:25 GMT

    Now England started blaming pitch for their inability to remove Tailenders. India is lucky to bat first. If India bowled first, then En wud have scored 600 and all the critics wud have started blaming India's bowling inability.

    I think, this is pretty much poor bowling from Eng to give away 111 runs to last pair,with Anderson and Broad's Experience..

  • sachit on July 11, 2014, 5:10 GMT

    @Nampally - I wasn't able to watch the match so i missed the controversy of this Vijay LBW. What exactly happened? Had India run out of reviews so he couldn't review it?

  • Poojan on July 11, 2014, 5:03 GMT

    I just so hope that England get bowled out for under 250.

    Although what Broad might actually be the case but one can't ignore the cockiness in his tone. When did bouncer become the only threat for No 9,10,11? You have yorkers, slower balls, full outside off.

    And if they picked up more accomplished players (than Bhuvi and Shami) like Jadeja and Binny on the same track why not give credit to Bhuvi and Shami for sticking in out there.

  • Tanmay on July 11, 2014, 3:32 GMT

    just like the Nagpur wicket in 2012 turned out in England's favour( the curator wanted a slow turner but turned out to be placid & flat lifeless pitch)....the curator at Nottingham is returning the favour...but seriously Shami & Bhuvi in a 111 run stand...England struggling big time...get in Monty who single handedly along with Swann & Jimmy won England the test series in India after 28 years...

  • Girish on July 11, 2014, 3:03 GMT

    Why cant the English bowlers learn to bowl yorkers? They work on flat pitches. Malinga's bowling sometimes takes the quality of the pitches out of equation. Broad complaining as usual. The groundsman said pre-match that the wicket would last 5 days which means bowling would be hard. So learn to bowl on unhelpful wickets. And don't act surprised when you already know what pitch it will be.

  • Anura on July 11, 2014, 2:44 GMT

    look at Cook's stats. he is just going through a low. I am sure he is young enough to bounce back.

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