Southampton: England all-rounder Stuart Broad was relieved that finally the senior players of his side succeeded in rising up to the challenge in the third Test against India.
India were placed 323 for 8 in reply to their hosts' first innings' total of 569 for 7 declared, needing another 47 runs to save the follow-on with two days to play.
“Before this match, through the summer, there was a lot of talk about new players coming in and the responsibility of the senior players. I think we took too much pressure on ourselves and stopped enjoying our game. It has been a tough summer for us and we were defensive and a bit under the pump. So we just needed to go out play and it shone through today.
We were enjoying ourselves in the field today,” said Broad.
“Alastair Cook got runs and so did Ian Bell. Today Jimmy (Anderson) and I did well with the ball and it is a great position for our team to be in. Hopefully the wicket will deteriorate over the next two days and become the perfect Test wicket for us then,” Broad added.
Anderson and Broad shared six wickets between them to destroy the Indian top order, but it were the two wickets taken by Moeen Ali that did most damage. He broke the 74 run stand between Ajinkya Rahane and Rohit Sharma, scalping both batsmen on either side of the tea break.
“It was day three today and it is still a very good batting wicket. So we decided to bowl full but carefully as Virat Kohli showed that the batsmen could get aggressive. We concentrated on hitting a back of length and creating pressure by cutting off run scoring chances, maybe throw in the aggressive bouncer and it worked today,” said Broad.