England will give no quarter - Broad
England’s pace attack have Pakistan just where they want them again and tonight warned they will not stop until they have the npower Test series won.
Stuart Broad took 4-38 and James Anderson 4-20, needing just a little assistance from Steven Finn, to bowl Pakistan out for 72 on a cloudy first day of the second Test at Edgbaston.
After England had replied with 112 for two on the back of an unbroken half-century stand between Jonathan Trott and Kevin Pietersen, Broad made it clear Pakistan’s batsmen can expect no let-up when they bat again.
“We’ve not given them a sniff,” he said. “For batsmen to get 24 and 32-ball noughts, it proves as a bowler you’re giving them nothing.
“We know they’re quality players - they beat Australia (at Headingley Carnegie) - but we’ve made full use of the conditions.
“The Pakistan batsmen have fallen victim to that for three innings but we know it’s a four-Test series and how much series can to and fro. So it’s important we keep looking to improve all the time.”
England, already 1-0 up after bowling Pakistan out for 80 in their second innings at Trent Bridge last weekend, were given an instant opportunity to put the tourists’ batting under pressure again when Salman Butt made a borderline decision to bat first.
“We were going to bat,” added Broad. “So as a bowling group when there’s that cloud around you are maybe hoping to lose the toss because you know there’s going to be something there for you.
“We were pretty excited about the chance to get out there.”
The key was, though, not to get too excited.
“At Trent Bridge, wickets came pretty quickly for us,” added Broad, who took a career-best 8-52 on the same ground for Nottinghamshire two weeks ago.
“We didn’t want to fall into a trap here of chasing wickets and suddenly going at four or five an over for the first hour.
“It was slow and hard to drive on, so if you created pressure it meant they had to play shots at balls that weren’t there.
“It was quite hard to score on but also testament to how we bowled and the disciplines we stuck to.”
Broad relished his return to a ground with such recent happy memories.
“After getting 8-52 here a couple of weeks ago here, my confidence was high,” he added. “But the fielding has been sublime as well, which always helps.
“We’ve got slip catchers who are practising no end to improve themselves, because they know how important it is.
“We’re putting huge amounts of pressure on the Pakistan batting line-up.
“We’re bowling fantastically well and we’ve had slightly cloudy conditions which have suited us.”
Butt believes Pakistan could have been back in the game if they had not dropped Pietersen and Trott early in their innings.
Explaining his decision to bat first, the Pakistan captain said: “This pitch will not change and, given these conditions, the ball will keep swinging.
“The idea was to put some runs on the board and then put pressure on England and I still think if we had taken our chances the match could have been pretty even.”
Pietersen had several moments of fortune, but the most glaring miss came when Imran Farhat dropped Trott on eight at first slip off Mohammad Asif.
“It’s something hard to contend with, but it happens and is part of the game,” Butt added.
Though Pakistan's batting has been flaky, veteran Mohammad Yousuf was not selected after all because of a lack of practice after being called up from Lahore.
Butt added: “We’ve been doing this all our lives and we have to clean up our own mess.
“But we also have to give credit to the English bowling. For the first 20 overs they didn’t give us literally anything to hit.
“They used the conditions brilliantly. Anderson again bowled brilliantly and kept the pressure on.”