Broad vows never to lose his appeal
Stuart Broad maintains England’s bowlers should continue to make their presence felt in the middle despite joining Graeme Swann in apologising for an indiscretion in the first Test win against Bangladesh.
Swann, who today formally jumped to number two in the ICC bowling rankings following his 10-wicket return in Chittagong, said sorry to batsman Junaid Siddique after sending him to the pavilion with a four-letter outburst.
Now Broad has revealed he followed a similar course of action after failing to properly appeal for the wicket of Abdur Razzak.
Broad trapped the tailender in front of middle stump but instead of asking the question of umpire Rod Tucker, he simply began celebrating with his team-mates.
The 23-year-old admitted he was wrong to break with traditional on-field etiquette.
“It had been a frustrating morning for us; I wrapped 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.
“It had been a tough day and he used his common sense. I made a mistake and I apologised to him but he was very light-hearted about it.
“It’s a communication thing. You’re always talking to the umpire and if you are getting frustrated or crossing the line they can have a word with you and calm it down a little bit.”
Despite joining Swann in making a swift apology, Broad does not think England would be well served by adopting a softer approach.
“It’s still important to show a presence on the field, as the whole England team does,” said Broad.
“At the end of the day you are playing for your country so you are going to have passion and pride out there.
“You have to have an aggression and a presence in Test cricket because you’re not just there to bowl at the batsman so he can score runs; you’re there to get him out.
“Look at some of the best fast bowlers in the world - Glenn McGrath was hugely aggressive with his body language.”
As the son of ICC match referee Chris Broad, the Nottinghamshire all-rounder knows more about the letter of the law than most and he is confident his conduct on the pitch is within reason.
However, Broad admitted that his father’s legendarily aggressive approach had been inherited.
In his playing days, Broad snr famously refused to walk when given out caught behind in Lahore in 1987. Two months later he knocked the stumps down with his bat after getting out to Steve Waugh in the Bicentenary Test.
“I have good communication with the umpires and match referees and none of them seem to have a problem with the way I go about my business,” added Stuart.
“I do show aggression - it’s in my blood - but I’ve never once come under scrutiny from the ICC or from the umpires for that aggression.
“As long it doesn’t go over the line I think we’re doing really well.”
Broad, who incidentally slipped out of the top world’s top 10 bowlers after toiling on an unhelpful deck in Chittagong, congratulated Swann on his efforts in rising to second behind South Africa’s Dale Steyn.
The off-spinner’s new spot makes him the first England player to occupy such a high position since Steve Harmison in 2004.
Broad said: “He’s been a fantastic spinner for this team for the last year and it’s great he’s now moved up to number two. We’re all very proud of him.”
Attention now turns to Saturday’s second and final Test at the Shere Bangla Stadium on the outskirts of Dhaka.
Broad declared himself fully fit after overcoming a back injury which had threatened his participation in the series opener.
“It was a tough Test match but I feel good actually,” he said.
“It was a good test for my back and I don’t have any side effects or stiffness so I’m just waiting for the next match now.”
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