Broad hoping to emulate India bowlers
Stuart Broad revealed he and the other England pacemen are “champing at the bit” to bowl on the second day of the second npower Test after India fared brilliantly on the bowler-friendly Trent Bridge surface.
On a wicket offering variable movement and bounce in overcast conditions, India’s seam attack reduced England to 124 for eight at tea before Broad and Swann launched a counter-offensive with a partnership of 73 off just 70 balls for the ninth wicket.
Broad struck nine fours on his way to 64 before he was last man out as England recovered to post 221 after they had lost the toss this morning.
The all-rounder said: “India will probably be the happiest of the two camps. We knew after losing the toss it would be a hard day; we’d have to battle hard.
“At Lord’s, we managed to get through that period where it did swing around. Unfortunately, we didn’t manage to do it as successfully here but the bowlers are champing at the bit to get out there tomorrow morning.
“You get enough wickets in Test cricket where it doesn’t really offer you a huge amount so we’re hoping for a shade of cloud tomorrow morning and we’ll be looking to get some nicks.”
Ishant Sharma, Praveen Kumar and Sreesanth excelled in the absence of the injured Zaheer Khan, with each man taking three wickets before James Anderson accounted for Abhinav Mukund with the first ball of India’s innings as they closed on 24 for one.
The tourists took six wickets in the afternoon session as they seek to level the four-match series following a 196-run defeat at Lord’s and Broad paid tribute to their seamers.
“I thought they bowled brilliantly - you can’t blame too many of our batsmen for throwing away our wickets,” said Broad.
“I thought there were some good deliveries in there, we had a little chat at tea and thought we needed to grab the momentum back and that was by playing our natural games - Swanny and myself – and looking to hit the ball if it was in our area.
“(We were) Probably hoping for another wicket this evening but you can’t say we bowled badly. I think we beat the bat enough and we made a very clear point not to chase wickets.
“We didn’t want to go at four an over this evening so we’ve held tightly and we know tomorrow morning is going to be an important session for us.
“You saw Graeme Swann’s dismissal, the ball really leapt at him so that will give us a lot of encouragement and I think we’re all excited about what could happen in tomorrow’s morning session.”
Sreesanth made a fine return to Test cricket on the ground where he was fined half his match fee in 2007.
After taking 3-77, the controversial seamer confessed his critics spur him on to succeed.
He said: “Unfortunately, we missed Zaheer and I was lucky enough to come in place for him and I enjoyed running in and I enjoyed bowling on this wicket so I had fun.
“I love it when somebody says you can’t do it, it’s better to leave me alone. I might do something else but when somebody says ‘you can’t do it’ I end up doing my very best so thanks to them (his doubters).”
The 28-year-old does not think he has altered his action and believes the wicket played a key part in India’s success.
“I didn’t do anything differently, I just kept it really simple. This wicket was green anyway, it was just a matter of hitting the seam and I could hit the seam consistently.”
Sreesanth was disappointed the tourists could not dismiss England for a lower total but is excited at how the match is shaping up as a contest.
“That’s how Test cricket goes. We knew that there would be one partnership in a match and all credit to him (Broad), he came after us and he took his chances,” he said.
“There were a couple of times where he would have got out but he took his chances, he played well so good to them.
“Now we can play competitive cricket, if they had been 136 or 140 all out, it would have been one-sided so it’s good that England are fighting and it should be a good game.”