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How Broad 'made good use of the conditions' to rout India...

August 08, 2014 09:22 IST

'I was disappointed to find out that we lost the toss'

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England all-rounder Stuart Broad has said that their bowling attack made good use of the conditions after losing the toss and they now need to bat India out of the game.

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The visitors were bowled out for 152 runs on day one and England reached 113/3 in reply at stumps.

"I was disappointed to find out that we lost the toss and then we got lucky with overhead conditions," said Broad.

"But it wasn't just about the conditions. We bowled well and hit the right lengths with the new ball and it was swinging nicely. We challenged the Indian batsmen with right lengths and took our catches to put ourselves in a really good position."

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Image: Stuart Broad of England celebrates dismissing Gautam Gambhir of India
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'I can't remember a Test where we knocked out a top-order like that'

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India were reduced to 8/4 at one stage as Broad (6-25) and James Anderson (3-46) wreaked havoc. Broad would later go on to pick six wickets as he took 4 wickets for 6 runs in 21 balls after lunch and bowled the visitors out for a paltry score.

"It happened very quickly for us and they were all decent balls. It's not like the Indian batsmen will be kicking themselves for playing those shots. They certainly had to play at those deliveries. I can't remember a Test match where we knocked out a top-order like that.

"The bounce was very good and getting a leg before was very hard. So it was good bowling because we didn't get carried away with that bounce," said Broad.

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Image: Stuart Broad of England salutes the crowd after taking six wickets
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'Ashwin and Dhoni showed that it was a decent wicket to bat on'

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"The big thing was that the nicks were carrying and as a bowler that is a huge advantage. The ball was swinging nicely but when the sun came out, R Ashwin and MS Dhoni showed that it was a decent wicket to bat on.

"The zip in the pitch went away to some extent so we did really well in the first hour and it was really good for us," he added.

Dhoni and Ashwin added 66 runs for the 7th wicket and rescued India from total embarrassment. Broad was appreciative of the Indian skipper's efforts as well as of his bowling partner's.
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Image: Stuart Broad celebrates after dismissing India batsman Mahendra Singh Dhoni
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'Batsmen had to play and couldn't have left the balls'

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"Anderson bowled very well today. In conditions like this, he has the ball on a string and can move it both ways.

"Certainly, the first two wickets he took, the batsmen had to play at it and couldn’t have left the balls," said Broad, referring to the beautiful outswingers Anderson bowled to Murali Vijay and Virat Kohli.

"The Indian batsmen didn't get more than 5-6 balls to bat and that is the most dangerous period for any batsman. But Dhoni showed his team how he wanted them to bat on this pitch.”

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Image: England bowler James Anderson celebrates the wicket of Virat Kohli
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'Sometimes when the length is not there to be hit, he (Dhoni) can take blows'

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"He is perhaps the best batsman in the world today when batting with the tail. He has made some changes from the previous tours and comes across more now, and sometimes when the length is not there to be hit, he can take blows.

"If our batsmen bat like him, and one of them goes on to get a hundred, we will be in a fantastic position," the all-rounder said.

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Image: Mahendra Singh Dhoni of India
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'I am going to have surgery, probably after this series'

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Broad also confirmed that he will be shortly undergoing surgery on his trouble-some knee.

"I am going to have surgery, probably after this series. I don't know if it will be before the ODI series or not. But it will take about three months for rehabilitation and I should be available for the 2015 ODI World Cup," he said.


Image: Alastair Cook, James Anderson and Stuart Broad during an England nets session
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