I needed to change my game for India: Broad

August 24, 2011

England’s player of the series Stuart Broad has admitted that he was forced to re-think his game plan on the eve of the four match test series against India.

Broad’s place had come under pressure before start the series with the Nottinghamshire seamer failing to pick up a five wicket haul since the 2009 Ashes series.

His indifferent form continued into the three match test series against Sri Lanka before India’s tour of England, where he picked up only eight wickets.

However, the 25 year-old rediscovered his form in emphatic fashion as he picked up 25 wickets at a staggering average of 13.84 to top the leading wicket taker list, while his 182 runs in the series came at an average of over 60.

Now Broad has admitted that he changed his approach to bowling in order to pick up more wickets against India.

After picking up his player of the series award, he said: “It was something we recognised at the start of the series. I needed to bowl a bit fuller and bring the stumps into play. With that working at Lord’s it gave me confidence for the rest of the series.”

Broad accounted for Indian captain MS Dhoni and RP Singh on the 5th day of the final test, but took a back seat as county team-mate Graeme Swann picked up six wickets in India’s 2nd innings to help England complete a series whitewash.

England picked up seven wickets in the afternoon session having gone wicket-less in the morning and Broad paid tribute to the England bowling unit and the plans they had to restrict India to a series of low scores.

He continued: “We’ve worked well together, Swanny bowled fantastically well on this wicket. Today we’ve had to work very hard but we have all bowled to a plan throughout the series and it’s been very rewarding.”

“They’re a powerful batting line up but we set pretty clear plans at the start of the series and the way we wanted to bowl, slightly fuller lengths mixed in with the odd bouncer and the wickets we have played on have allowed that.”

“The plans have worked and obviously we are delighted with the results. It’s been a fantastic team effort first of all for the batsmen to get the runs on the board the way they have done it allows the bowlers to put the pressure on and the way we have fielded has been fantastic as well.”

Broad’s next task, other than celebrating this evening, will be to captain England in a Twenty20 international against India later this month before looking to continue his excellent form in the One Day International series.

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