West Indies Tour: Stuart Broad seeking clarification as to why ball was changed midway through series-clinching victory

The umpires chose to change the ball in the 37th over of the West Indies run-chase after they believed it had changed unnaturally

Stuart Broad is anticipating further official clarification for the umpires' controversial decision to order a ball change during England's series-clinching victory over West Indies.

In the 37th over of the Windies' run chase, umpires Marais Erasmus and Joel Wilson insisted the ball must be changed because they believed it had deteriorated unnaturally.

England went on to prevail by 25 runs at the Sir Vivian Richards Stadium, where maiden one-day international centuries by their Joe Root (107) and the hosts' Denesh Ramdin (128) made for a high-scoring and tense match.

After England's 303 for six - Jos Buttler also made 99 - proved just enough for a first series victory in any format since last August, Broad soon found himself answering questions about the ball change.

"I'm sure we'll have a meeting with the ICC [International Cricket Council] to figure out what occurred, and what the script is," he said.

"At the end of the day, it's not affected the result. But it could easily have done, and that would have made me a little bit more cross."

Even as his team were celebrating, the England captain admitted to confusion over why the ball had to be changed.

"I am baffled by it ... I saw no logic to it at all," he added.

"I made my feelings pretty clear out there, as politely as I possibly could - without risking too heavy a fine."

It is unclear whether Broad was warned, a measure which in any case lasts only until the end of the series and is therefore already lapsed.

"I don't think they're saying we've tampered with the ball," he said.

"I think they're just saying it's unnatural wear."

Broad was delighted with England's overall performance, one clinched when Tim Bresnan bowled Ramdin with a perfect yorker to have him last out.

Th victory was set up by another Yorkshireman - Root, in a fifth-wicket stand of 175 with Buttler.

Root is to have an x-ray on his right thumb, having been hit when he had made only a single - and Broad added: "It was an incredibly brave knock. He came off, and his thumb was very ugly.

"Eoin (Morgan) was going to go out after the rain break. But then two minutes before, Joe put his helmet on and stormed out.

"I think it was clear for everybody to see the discomfort he was in. To battle through that and go and get a hundred ... that's the sort of commitment and desire you want guys to have playing for England."

Ramdin also played a memorable innings, containing 12 fours and five sixes.

The Windies wicketkeeper-batsman said: "We didn't get that big partnership at the top.

"We tried in the middle ... and coming up to the end, it was all up to me.

"I'm just disappointed I didn't get my team over the line."

PA

PROMOTED VIDEO
Have you tried new the Independent Digital Edition apps?
Life and Style
Six of the 76 Goats' cheese samples contained a significant amount of sheep's cheese
food + drink
News
i100
News
Russell Brand arriving for the book launch in East London
peopleRussell Brand cancels his book launch debate due to concerns about the make-up of the panel
Arts and Entertainment
JK Rowling will not be releasing a 'romance' novel anytime soon
books
Life and Style
tech

Of all the computers Apple has ever made there’s only one that Steve Jobs had to sell his car to finance

Caption competition
Caption competition
Latest stories from i100
Daily Quiz
Have you tried new the Independent Digital Edition apps?
Independent Dating
and  

By clicking 'Search' you
are agreeing to our
Terms of Use.

Career Services

Day In a Page

How could three tourists have been battered within an inch of their lives by a burglar in a plush London hotel?

A crime that reveals London's dark heart

How could three tourists have been battered within an inch of their lives by a burglar in a plush London hotel?
Meet 'Porridge' and 'Vampire': Chinese state TV is offering advice for citizens picking a Western moniker

Lost in translation: Western monikers

Chinese state TV is offering advice for citizens picking a Western moniker. Simon Usborne, who met a 'Porridge' and a 'Vampire' while in China, can see the problem
Handy hacks that make life easier: New book reveals how to rid your inbox of spam, protect your passwords and amplify your iPhone

Handy hacks that make life easier

New book reveals how to rid your email inbox of spam, protect your passwords and amplify your iPhone with a loo-roll
KidZania lets children try their hands at being a firefighter, doctor or factory worker for the day

KidZania: It's a small world

The new 'educational entertainment experience' in London's Shepherd's Bush will allow children to try out the jobs that are usually undertaken by adults, including firefighter, doctor or factory worker
Renée Zellweger's real crime has been to age in an industry that prizes women's youth over humanity

'Renée Zellweger's real crime was to age'

The actress's altered appearance raised eyebrows at Elle's Women in Hollywood awards on Monday
From Cinderella to The Jungle Book, Disney plans live-action remakes of animated classics

Disney plans live-action remakes of animated classics

From Cinderella to The Jungle Book, Patrick Grafton-Green wonders if they can ever recapture the old magic
Thousands of teenagers to visit battlefields of the First World War in new Government scheme

Pupils to visit First World War battlefields

A new Government scheme aims to bring the the horrors of the conflict to life over the next five years
The 10 best smartphone accessories

Make the most of your mobile: 10 best smartphone accessories

Try these add-ons for everything from secret charging to making sure you never lose your keys again
Mario Balotelli substituted at half-time against Real Madrid: Was this shirt swapping the real reason?

Liverpool v Real Madrid

Mario Balotelli substituted at half-time. Was shirt swapping the real reason?
West Indies tour of India: Hurricane set to sweep Windies into the shadows

Hurricane set to sweep Windies into the shadows

Decision to pull out of India tour leaves the WICB fighting for its existence with an off-field storm building
Indiana serial killer? Man arrested for murdering teenage prostitute confesses to six other murders - and police fear there could be many more

A new American serial killer?

Police fear man arrested for murder of teen prostitute could be responsible for killing spree dating back 20 years
Sweetie, the fake 10-year-old girl designed to catch online predators, claims her first scalp

Sting to trap paedophiles may not carry weight in UK courts

Computer image of ‘Sweetie’ represented entrapment, experts say
Fukushima nuclear crisis: Evacuees still stuck in cramped emergency housing three years on - and may never return home

Return to Fukushima – a land they will never call home again

Evacuees still stuck in cramped emergency housing three years on from nuclear disaster
Wildlife Photographer of the Year: Intimate image of resting lions claims top prize

Wildlife Photographer of the Year

Intimate image of resting lions claims top prize
Online petitions: Sign here to change the world

Want to change the world? Just sign here

The proliferation of online petitions allows us to register our protests at the touch of a button. But do they change anything?