Broad happy with conditions
Stuart Broad has been pleasantly surprised by the bowler-friendly conditions of the Stanford Super Series.
Last Updated: 28/10/08 7:48am
Stuart Broad has been surprised by the bowler-friendly conditions of the Stanford Super Series.
Broad profited from his ability to bang the ball into the pitch to finish with figures of one for 13 from four overs in the victory over Middlesex at the weekend.
His performance in the low-scoring affair proved quite a contrast to more run-of-the-mill 20-over contests - and one in particular.
Only 13 months ago, Broad was on the receiving end of Yuvraj Singh's assault in Durban that resulted in six sixes in an over.
"As a bowler, I was coming over here expecting it to be a run-fest - that is what Twenty20 cricket people like to see - but the wicket is quite conducive to hitting-the-deck-style bowling and it also seems to turn," said Broad, ahead of the meeting with Trinidad & Tobago.
"We did well in the first game not to aim for 160-170, it was probably a 130 wicket and to win the game we got enough.
"We will obviously be looking to improve and get a bigger score in the next game but we proved that we can defend a low target if that is what is set.
"To defend 121 on any ground in a 20-over match is a good effort, so we can be pleased with the start.
"As a bowler, I certainly prefer the low-scoring ones because it means you are not going around the park.
"As a spectacle, everyone likes to see fours and sixes but these low-scoring games can have their own intrigue and it tests the skill and nerve of the batsmen to be able to knock it around at five and six runs per over rather than closing their eyes and swinging."
England will recall Steve Harmison, who was not risked against Middlesex due to illness, in place of Ryan Sidebottom for Tuesday's game.
Having spent the best part of two months on the sidelines through injury, Sidebottom suffered a calf twinge on his return.
There is likely to be one other change to the XI, following the impact of spin here to date, with Graeme Swann waiting in the wings.