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Broad: 'I've changed' Published: 23 July 2011

Stuart Broad admits a change of plans for him as a bowler resulted in his up turn of form - as he took four India wickets, including Sachin Tendulkar, on day three at Lord's.

"It was quite obvious I bowled a fuller length today. I thought about getting a cover in, keeping the three slips and getting rid of the gully so I could bowl that length without worrying about getting hit for four.

"That worked - getting the batsmen driving and that length can still hit the stumps so that plan worked. Obviously I'll look to do that in the future as well." Broad said after taking 4-37.

"Picking up four wickets, I'm obviously delighted. But getting ten Indian wickets, as a team, has put us in a very strong position."

'Enforcer role'

Broad added that, in the past, the role he has been asked to play in the England side has perhaps not got the best out of him:

"As a player you get asked to do different roles in the side. Within the changing room everyone's always known that I'm best when I pitch the ball up and get a little bit of movement.

"But when that moment comes when we need to rough a batsman up or get two men out on the hook then the ball gets thrown to me because my bouncer's pretty good and has a decent yard in it.

"We all know the way I bowled today is the way to go - but if we need to rough a batsman up then I'm more than happy to do that."

Ahead of this Test the Nottinghamshire bowler's place in the side came under pressure from Yorkshire's Tim Bresnan though Broad put his up turn in form down to home comforts:

"As an international cricketer you're always under pressure because there are people that want your spot. You know you have to perform to have the pleasure of putting the shirt on.

"What helped me this week was going back to Notts last week, gaining the confidence of picking up a five wicket haul, bowling at Trent Bridge - which always encourages you to pitch the ball up and swing it - and I felt in really good rythmn and brought that in to today."

Broad, who has opened the bowling in the past, took the wickets of both India openers and later Tendulkar when coming on as a change bowler - something he, grudgingly, admits suits him:

"Any bowler will tell you they want to take the new ball. But when I look back at my past successes it's been as a change bowler. Chris [Tremlett] has deserved the new ball - he bowled very well in the Ashes and was man of the series against Sri Lanka.

"I do suit that first change role at the moment but I'll always be fighting for the new ball as well.

The 25-year-old savoured the wicket of India star Tendulkar especially, though he rued missed chances later as first VVS Laxman, then Rahul Dravid were dropped off his bowling in the same over:

"It's the same when you get any dangerman out - the likes of Ponting, Kallis people like this. You know they're strong leaders of the batting unit so it's important to get them out.

"Yes it was lovely to get Sachin out but it's the same for any great batsman. He played well for his 30-odd today but we were delighted to see the back of him.

"It's always heartbreaking when a catch goes down off you. Straussy always catches them so I was already on my way to celebrate with him.

"We're always searching, as a team, for the perfect fielding performance and of course you can't drop catches in that.

"The key to us getting another ten wickets will be swing. We always say at Lord's 'Look up, not down' - if the sun is out every batsman will be jumping for joy but if it's cloudy the bowlers perk up a bit.

"So we'll be hoping for beautiful sunshine tomorrow and heavy clouds on Monday!"

 


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