Stuart Broad and his fast bowling pals are "champing at the bit" to resume their work at Trent Bridge today. And while Broad admitted last night that India "are probably the happier of the two camps" he insisted that England still have a real chance of winning this second Test.
"We knew after losing the toss that we would have to battle hard with the bat," said Broad, whose second consecutive half-century helped England to post a fighting 221 all out after they had been 88 for six. "At Lord's last week we managed to get through the period where the ball swung. Unfortunately we didn't manage to do that as successfully here but the bowlers are champing at the bit to get out there again. You get enough wickets that don't offer you a huge amount, so we'll be hoping for a shade of cloud in the morning and looking to get some nicks.
"At tea, it was 100 per cent India's day but we are delighted to have wrestled our way back. It's been hard, but exciting as well. There were a few plays and misses from India, so we are definitely in with a shout."
As a Notts player, Broad knows well enough that Trent Bridge does not need to be under a blanket of cloud for the ball to swing. "It will still swing if it is sunny – and maybe just enough to get the edges," he said.
Without Broad's counter-attacking innings, and his vital stand of 73 for the ninth wicket with his county team-mate, Graeme Swann, England would have been in deep trouble. "We always have fun when we bat together and we've had some exciting partnerships in the past," said Broad.
Although Broad, Jimmy Anderson and Tim Bresnan will be England's likeliest wicket-takers today, England were boosted last night by the news that spinner Swann has "no significant damage" to his left (non-bowling) hand after being hit on the glove by Praveen Kumar. England were sufficiently concerned to send Swann for an X-ray but they expect him to be able to bowl today.Reuse content