England v India: Stuart Broad hails perfect bowling conditions
"They were pretty much as good bowling conditions as you can get," says Stuart Broad after day one of fourth Test
England’s star with the ball Stuart Broad stressed how important it was not to get carried away in conditions he described as “the best” you could possibly hope for as India capitulated on day one of the fourth Test.
Broad took 6-25 and his new ball partner James Anderson 3-47 as the visitors were skittled for 152 on the first day after winning the toss and deciding to bat.
While the hosts knew conditions would be favourable as they traditionally are in Manchester, Broad insisted he was pleased with the way his side didn’t overdo it and kept their discipline.
“They were pretty much as good bowling conditions as you can get,” Broad said.
“It wasn’t just about the conditions. We bowled well and we hit a good length. We knew we could not be too encouraged by the bounce. It felt hard to get people bowled or leg before because of the bounce, but we still challenged the front feet of the batsmen and we took our catches. It’s easy on bouncier wickets to fall into the trap of bowling too short.
“It’s not like the Indian batsmen will be kicking themselves for playing poor shots. The all received decent balls. They certainly had to play at those deliveries. But it was a pretty good Test wicket and very different when the sun came out. It seemed to take all the zip out of the wicket.”
With conditions favouring bowling but a history of big first innings scores in recent history, Broad thought it would have been a crucial toss to win and get runs on the board, but as it proved, it was a fortunate one to lose for Alastair Cook.
“I was actually a bit disappointed when we lost the toss as I thought it would prove to be a big toss to win,” he added.
“Australia scored 500 last year and then the pitch was a bit up and down on the final day. We don’t want to bat last on that wicket, because there are already little signs of uneven bounce.
“But we got a bit lucky with the overhead conditions. It clouded over and the ball was swinging nicely. There was bounce in the wicket as well. It’s hard batting against swing when you know you can be hit on the head.”