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England pace bowler Stuart Broad has announced that the national team can “certainly get a big score”, but only if they get their “heads down”.
England lost captain Alastair Cook early after India’s pace duo of Bhuvneshwar Kumar and Mohammed Shami amassed an unbelievable 111-run partnership to help the tourists reach 457 before they were bowled out.
Kumar and Shami’s partnership is now India’s highest last-wicket stand against England in Test history.
“The two batsmen played very well,” Broad said. “But once the ball is soft, there’s no help for length bowling. We tried everything but they kept the ball out.
“But in the middle session we claimed four wickets for 90 runs, which was out best session of the day, so it’s hard to be too down on ourselves.
“460 is a decent score. It’s not a 600 which could easily have happened on that wicket. If you can’t bowl a bouncer at a lower-order player, it takes out a lot of the threat. Batsmen can get forward and protect their stumps, and then thrive off any width, so we will be hoping to do the same.
“We’ve got one job: to bat as big as we possibly can. We have to make use of days three and four and try to put the Indians under pressure on the last day.
“If we can get a good start and build, I’m sure the Indian bowlers won’t be looking forward to bowling at Ben Stokes coming in at No. 8 when they’re a bit tired. We can certainly get a big score if we get our heads down.”
Broad also backed Cook to regain his form with the bat during this series.
“When you’re in a bit of a rut and you’ve not scored runs for a while, things go against you,” Broad said. “I can count on one hand the number of times I’ve seen the ball canon off the thigh pad on to the stumps. They generally go to fine leg for one.
“He is just in one of those places at the minute. It will turn. It just takes a cover drive or a dropped catch to change the momentum. We’ve certainly got enough cricket in the next five weeks for it to change.
“He was fine afterwards. When you get out like that there’s not a lot you can do. If he had drilled one to extra cover he would have been annoyed. But he was chatting away, he was chirpy. He was disappointed not to make a big contribution but those sort of dismissals are so rare you can’t do much about it.”
Broad added that he was not impressed with the pitch that had been prepared.
“It’s certainly not what England would have asked for and not what Trent Bridge would have hoped for,” Broad said. “I think the best thing that’s happened is Trent Bridge have come out and said ‘Look, our mistake’, and apologised for the pitch.
“Trent Bridge is renowned for exciting cricket. You come here to see nicks carry, dropped catches, good runs, exciting shots and quick bowling. We’ve not really seen a lot of that. I just hope that other grounds don’t follow suit.”