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England pace bowler Stuart Broad has revealed that he had “no idea” that he had taken a hat-trick on the first day of the second Test against Sri Lanka at Headingley.
Broad dismissed Sri Lanka batsman Kumar Sangakkara on the last ball of his 12th over before taking out Dinesh Chandimal and Shaminda Eranga on the first and second ball of his next over.
“I had no idea,” Broad told Sky Sports. “I was listening to the guy that came on the tannoy there and I was thinking ‘why is he mentioning the last ball of the over before?’, and it clicked that that might be a hat-trick.”
Broad also took a hat-trick against India at Trent Bridge in 2011. He is only the fourth cricketer in history to take two hat-tricks in his Test career after Hugh Trumble, Jimmy Mattews and Wasim Akram.
However, Broad’s hat-trick only got a small percentage of the spotlight as everyone was more focused on Liam Plunkett’s maiden five-wicket haul.
Speaking about his five-wicket haul, Plunkett said: “As soon as I played last week I felt part of it again, from the first net session. This was more for me, I wanted to perform at Test level and picking up five feels like I’ve done that.
“I feel like it’s just the start. I feel confident and when you’re a bit younger maybe you don’t. I backed myself.”
When asked if he deserved the match ball more than Broad, Plunkett, with a wry grin on his face, said: “I’ve got it but I’ll cut a bit of the seam off for Stuart. I didn’t ask him, I just took it to be fair.
“He chucked me the ball when the announcement came so he’s given me the ball, or I think he has anyway.”