Broad won't tone down aggression despite apology
Stuart Broad has followed the example of his England team-mate, Graeme Swann, in apologising for his on-field behaviour
Stuart Broad has followed the example of his England team-mate, Graeme Swann, in apologising for his on-field behaviour in the closing stages of the 181-run victory over Bangladesh in Chittagong. Swann's ascent to No. 2 in the world - which he completed with a matchwinning ten-wicket haul in the first Test - was marred by the loud curse he emitted upon dismissing Bangladesh's star batsman in their second innings, the centurion Junaid Siddique. Now Broad has taken a similar course of action after failing to look at the umpire while appealing for lbw against Abdur Razzak.
Although there was little doubt about the full and straight delivery with which Broad dismissed Razzak, his failure to involve umpire Rod Tucker before heading off to celebrate with his team-mates grated with onlookers who feel that this is becoming an all-too-frequent trait.
"It had been a frustrating morning for us, I rapped the fella on the pad and I knew it was out straight away," said Broad. "But I get on really well with the umpire and I just said 'Rod, sorry about my mishap'. He just laughed it off. I made a mistake and I apologised to him, but he was very light-hearted about it. It had been a tough day and he used his common sense."
"It's a communication thing," he added. "You're always talking to the umpire and if you are getting frustrated and or crossing the line, they can have a word with you and calm it down a little bit. But it's still important to show a presence on the field, as the whole England team does. At the end of the day you are playing for your country, so you are going to have passion and pride out there."
All of England's bowlers needed some fire in their bellies to overcome a moribund surface that, for Broad, brought to mind his Test debut against Sri Lanka in Colombo in December 2007, when Mahela Jayawardene and Kumar Sangakkara had kept England in the field for 190 overs in 40 degree heat and 90% humidity.
"Chittagong was a really flat wicket, the batsmen were saying it was in their top five flattest wickets in the world, so it was really tough to get wickets with not a huge amount happening off a good length to get edges and lbws. But it was pleasing in the end that we managed to do it.
"It was tough, but we come across them a lot and it is what you come to expect," said Broad. "It's a patience game as a seamer on the subcontinent. You have to keep it straight and look for bowleds and lbws. Sometimes you have to accept that your job is just to hang in there."