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We tried everything we could, says frustrated Broad.

FAST bowler Stuart Broad admitted to feeling frustrated as England battled a slow pitch at Trent Bridge on the second day of the first Test against India. After four wickets for two runs in the afternoon session, the hosts had India 346 for nine and looked like they would remove the tourists for less than 400. But a final-wicket partnership of 111 from Bhuvneshwar Kumar (58) and Mohammed Shami (51 not out) held Alastair Cook's men up, with the captain departing early as England reached 43 for one at the close. "It was frustrating, but we tried pretty much everything with the ball," Broad (left) said. "You were almost hoping for a batsman error and, credit to the 10 and 11 of India, they didn't give us that error, really.

"It was frustrating, but actually if you break the day down and the session down, it was 90 for four that session. That was actually our best session of the game, but we walked off at tea a little bit frustrated." India batted for a total of 161 overs and, with England lacking a frontline spinner, it was Broad and his fellow quicks who took the brunt of the workload. The Nottinghamshire man bowled 33 overs with James Anderson (38), Ben Stokes (34) and Liam Plunkett (37) all also having to work hard to find any kind of bounce. "It's a lot of overs early doors but that's sort of been due to the wickets we've been given," he said. "When nicks aren't carrying, you're not going to bowl teams out overly quickly. "We have had a decent workload leading in but hopefully we'll bowl on some more favourable wickets
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Title Annotation:Sport
Publication:Liverpool Echo (Liverpool, England)
Geographic Code:9INDI
Date:Jul 11, 2014
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