England v India: Stuart Broad frustrated by pitch as England toil in field at Trent Bridge
Last Updated: 10/07/14 7:54pm
Fast bowler Stuart Broad admitted to feeling frustrated as England battled a slow pitch and a defiant final-wicket stand at Trent Bridge on the second day of the first Test against India.
After four wickets for two runs in the afternoon session, the hosts had India 346-9 and looked like they would remove the tourists for less than 400.
But a record tenth-wicket partnership of 111 from Bhuvneshwar Kumar (58) and Mohammed Shami (51 not out) – the highest in any Test between these two nations - held Alastair Cook's men up, whilst the captain departed early as England reached 43-1 at the close.
Broad finished with 2-53 from 33 overs worth of work and acknowledged England had to completely alter their tactics given the lifeless nature of the surface.
"It was frustrating, but we tried pretty much everything with the ball," Broad told Sky Sports.
Hoping for an error
"The ball was 50 overs old leading up to the new ball, and it wasn't really doing a huge amount. There wasn't much for length, so it was quite hard to buy a wicket.
"You were almost hoping for a batsman error and, credit to the 10 and 11 of India, they didn't give us that error, really.”
However, the Nottinghamshire paceman refused to be too downbeat and insisted England had actually done well to restrict India despite the exploits of Kumar and Shami.
"It was frustrating, but actually if you break the day down and the session down, it was 90 for four that session. That was actually our best session of the game, but we walked off at tea a little bit frustrated.
"It's a good pitch to bat on. We stuck to our guns fantastically well – 457 could have been 600, no question about that. We bowled really well."