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Indian pitches are quicker, says Broad

Stuart Broad

Nottingham: England all-rounder Stuart Broad has lamented that the Trent Bridge pitch is slower than even Indian tracks, during the first Test here.

English bowlers had to toil hard for nearly two days to bowl India out, but not before the visitors had on board a commendable 457 in their first innings.

“Indian wickets are faster than this wicket. But we didn’t get frustrated with it, we weren’t moping or swearing around, we were just trying to get wickets,” Broad said on Thursday.

“As a fast bowler you want to see a slip cordon and a gully. It was quite different and hard bowling with three catchers in cover,” he said. “It was a little bit frustrating. After 50 overs, the ball goes really soft and there’s nothing in the pitch… so you try to bowl different lengths and mix them up with bouncers and keep it full.

“Trent Bridge has come out and admitted their mistake and apologised for it,” he added.

It was indeed frustrating for England as the last-wicket pair of Bhuvneshwar Kumar and Mohammed Shami shared a stunning 111-run partnership to bail India out from 346 for nine at one stage.

“We tried different things, bowled short and full, bowled with different field settings. But they kept it out so well. And it was our best bowling session, with 90/4, so we cannot be too hard on ourselves. The good thing is that the score is just 460 runs and not 600 which it could have been easily on that wicket,” said Broad.

The latest to join the complaint list against the curators for the slow deck, Broad claimed England never wanted the pitch to behave this way. “It’s certainly not what England would have asked for and not what Trent Bridge would have hoped for.

“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,” Broad, who plies his trade for Nottingham in the County championships at the same ground stated.

Broad defended Alastair Cook despite the captain being dismissed for just five runs, bowled by Shami.