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Hoping for good second day - Stuart Broad

Hoping for good second day - Stuart Broad
Stuart Broad appealing for a wicket on day one of the third Test against Pakistan in Sharjah.
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England fast bowler Stuart Broad is expecting his team to have a good second day in the third Test match against Pakistan after having bowled out the opposition for 234 runs on the first day.

Pakistan won the toss and opted to bat first again, but it was England who made the most out of the conditions as Broad and James Anderson shared six wickets between them.

The duo bowled diligent lines and created relentless pressure by putting a lid on the scoring rate – a ploy that fetched dividends as Pakistan eventually faltered.

However, England’s day was marred by the shoulder injury to Ben Stokes, who was taken off the field in with his arm in a sling.

Stokes is currently scheduled to undergo a scan on Monday to determine the extent of the injury, but Broad is hoping that the all-rounder can play a part in the game.

"Ben Stokes has got a sling on at the moment.

“If he shows pain it's generally pretty bad because he's a tough boy.

“We're not sure what he can do in the rest of the match but we're hopeful he can play some part."

Broad is also confident that England have the batting depth to cover for Stokes in the eventuality where he is unavailable for the rest of the game.

"Samit at eight, Adil at nine, there is a good depth there (in the batting line-up).

“I thought Samit bowled really well today, he really threatened.

“It would be a shame to lose Stokesy (Ben Stokes) for the rest of this game.

“It is quite premature, we need to wait and see.

“We have got strength in both our batting and bowling that can cover an injury if something happens.” 

The wicket in Sharjah was somewhat dissimilar to the ones in Abu Dhabi and Dubai as it began to turn from the first day onwards.

Stating that he is not sure as to what a good score was on the pitch, Broad is happy to have bowled out Pakistan for under 250 runs.

"It's an excellent day, I was pretty distraught when we lost the toss.

“The wicket did turn, it was quite tacky this morning.

“I don't think anyone quite knows what a good score is.

“But anytime you get 10 wickets in a Test match for under 250, you are delighted as a bowling unit.”

More than 80% of the deliveries bowled by Anderson and Broad were dot balls and the pressure clearly showed on the Pakistan batsmen as the run rate meandered along at a low pace.

The spinners also bowled good lines and did not allow the batsmen to get away with their game, making it a complete bowling effort from England.

Crediting Anderson for his excellent bowling display, Broad revealed that it was an intentional strategy of the bowlers to dry up the scoring rate.

“That was our plan as a seam bowling unit, to be as tight as we can.

“If we go nowhere, then the score won’t keep moving forward.

“That was our mentality to make it difficult for Pakistan to score.

“But also, Jimmy (James Anderson) picking up four wickets showed what an outstanding bowler he is.

“He creates chances even on some of the flattest wickets.”

The 29-year-old also felt that any score on this track in Dubai will be worth more than what it seems given the playing conditions.

“I am not sure how flat that wicket is.

“It is a very slow outfield.

“I think 230 is probably about 280 or 290 playing elsewhere.

“Hopefully we can have a good day tomorrow.”

Broad returned figures of 2-13 from the 13 overs he bowled in the first innings, which included eight maiden overs.

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