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India vs England: No criticism of the 2nd Test pitch from our point of view, says Stuart Broad

Stuart Broad bowled 20 overs in the 2nd Test but went wicketless in both innings at the MA Chidambaram stadium which offered turn and bounce for the spinners right from Day 1.

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HIGHLIGHTS

  • Stuart Broad didn’t pick a single wicket in both innings of the 2nd Test vs India in Chennai
  • Broad was rested for the 1st Test due to England’s rotation policy with its cricketers
  • The 3rd Test is going to be played in Ahmedabad from February 23 under lights with pink balls

England pacer Stuart Broad recently revealed that he had to change his bowling style with that of Anil Kumble to “get in the game” during the second Test against India in Chennai which the visitors lost by 317 runs last week.

Broad bowled 20 overs in the match but went wicketless in both innings at the MA Chidambaram stadium which offered turn and bounce for the spinners right from Day 1.

England got bowled out for 134 and 164 in both innings while India made 329 and 286 to win the game and level the 4-match series 1-1.

A few former England cricketers criticised the pitch which they felt was unfair on the visitors as they are not used to playing in conditions like that. Broad however, defended the Chepauk pitch and said that there was nothing wrong with the hosts taking advantage of a slow-turning track because “that’s exactly what home advantage is”.

“Personally, there should be more for me to work with, if selected (In the pink ball Test). There was nothing in the Chennai pitch on that first day and it was only when I went Anil Kumble and started to get the leg-cutter really jagging off the surface that I felt in the game,” Broad wrote in his column for Daily Mail.

“There is no criticism of the second Test pitch from our point of view. That’s exactly what home advantage is and you are well within your rights to utilise that. Why wouldn’t India play on pitches that turn square and upon which first innings runs are vital? They outplayed us on a pitch that they are very skilled on but one very alien to us,” he said.

The third Test is going to be played in Ahmedabad which will be a day-night game played under lights with the pink ball. Conditions should suit the fast bowlers at the newly-built Sardar Patel Cricket Stadium which is going to host its first Test from February 23.

“Personally, there should be more for me to work with, if selected (In the pink ball Test),” Broad wrote.

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