West Indies v England: Stuart Broad denies ball-tampering claims in Antigua finale
Stuart Broad was 'baffled' by the umpires' decision to change balls midway through England's win over West Indies.
Last Updated: 06/03/14 8:22am
England held off the hosts to win the series 2-1 but they had a scare when Denesh Ramdin started hitting the 'new' ball to all parts of the ground on his way to a spectacular innings of 128.
Ramdin's heroics fell 25 runs short of what had seemed a very unlikely victory when the West Indies were struggling on 131-6.
But one-day captain Broad was angry at seeing the umpires change what he saw as a soft, but perfectly useable ball, for a much newer one when they considered it to have 'deteriorated unnaturally', which also led to reports it had been tampered with.
Broad said: "I was bowling cross-seam deliveries, and throughout the four games we've played in Antigua, the ball was roughing up and little bits of leather were coming off it.
"Everyone was aware of that and I am very confused as to why it was changed. I'm probably the wrong man to ask because I made my confusion well known.
"It's not like the ball was reversing anyway. I have no idea why it was changed and they gave us a ball that was 10 overs old. You saw (Denesh) Ramdin was getting hold of that ball quite easily.
"I'm baffled by it. I bowled three cross-seamers with the new ball they gave us and the same wear was arriving on that ball. So I said (to the umpires) take a picture of that one as well.
"I just saw no logic to it at all. I made my feelings pretty clear out there, as politely as I possibly could without risking too big a fine.
"I don't think they are suggesting we had tampered with the ball because there were no signs of that, they were just saying it was unnatural wear. So maybe that's the wicket just ripping the ball up worse than they expected.
"But it's not like it was reversing around corners so for us that wasn't a big issue. It was more the softness of the ball that was hard to hit, and they gave us a new ball that was easier to hit.
"There were a few decisions that could have changed the game but fortunately we got over the line. I think if we had lost I'd have been suffering a bit of a fine."