England v India: Stuart Broad frustrated with unfavourable wicket
England v India: Stuart Broad bemoans an unfavorable wicket as the hosts finish day two trailing by 414 runs
Stuart Broad felt England “tried pretty much everything” after India’s tail clung on to leave the hosts trailing by 414 runs at the end of day two at Trent Bridge.
England appeared to be making good progress after lunch thanks to four wickets at the expense of just two runs to leave the tourists on 349-6.
There was a moment in my 33rd over when the ball bounced twice through to Matt Prior and someone on his fifth pint shouted, ‘bend your back Broad’. I nearly stormed off and gave him the ball!
However, tailenders Bhuvneshwar Kumar and Mohammed Shami posted a remarkable final wicket stand of 111 to leave England frustrated.
And out-of-form captain Alastair Cook was dismissed for just five runs as Gary Ballance and Sam Robson finished the day on 43-1.
“It was frustrating but we tried pretty much everything with the ball. It was 50 overs old and it wasn’t doing much. Credit to the Indian pair – they didn’t give us the last wicket,” Broad told BBC Sport.
“In that session it was actually 90-4 but we walked off frustrated. It’s a good pitch to bat on; it could have been 600. The bouncer was pretty much out of the game – it didn’t feel like it was going through.
“Hopefully we’ll bowl on more favourable wickets.
“There was a moment in my 33rd over when the ball bounced twice through to Matt Prior and someone on his fifth pint shouted, ‘bend your back Broad’. I nearly stormed off and gave him the ball!”