Broad lauds bowling attack for keeping India under immense pressure

"We'd have loved to have bowled them out"

“We’d have loved to have bowled them out”

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England pace bowler Stuart Broad has lauded the national team’s bowling attack after they took seven wickets to keep India under immense pressure on the third day of the third Test in Southampton.

Broad himself dismissed Murali Vijay, Cheteshwar Pujara and Bhuvneshwar Kumar as India continue to claw their way towards avoiding the follow-on.

“I think we’ve had a good day,” Broad told Sky Sports. “Obviously we set it up with the bat and had a huge amount of scoreboard pressure which always helps because if you bowl a slightly fuller ball that gets driven for four, you’ve got so many runs on the board to go again.

“Eight wickets, we’re pretty happy with. We’d have loved to have bowled them out today to give ourselves a bit of a rest tomorrow, but I think it’s still a really good batting wicket.

“Hopefully, from our point of view, it’ll (the wicket) deteriorate over the next two days and certainly day five maybe offer a bit down towards the stumps.”

However, Broad revealed that he isn’t “a fan of the follow-on” and added that he would advise captain Alastair Cook not to enforce it if India fail to avoid it.

“I’m not a fan of the follow-on,” he said. “Even if you have a 20-to-30 over rest it gives the whole fielding unit and the bowlers just another umph to go again.

“I wouldn’t imagine we’d be looking to enforce the follow on. I think unless you’ve got a world-class spinner who can bowl one end for the second innings, the follow-on’s a risky business.”

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