We take pleasure in each other’s success: Broad

August 15th, 2011 - 7:45 pm ICT by IANS  

London, Aug 15 (IANS) Pacer Stuart Broad has said the great thing about the England bowling unit is that every bowler genuinely takes as much pleasure in each other’s successes as their own.

“What odds would you have got on India failing to reach 300 in six innings in the first three Tests with their array of batting superstars? The great thing about our bowling unit is that we genuinely take as much pleasure in each other’s successes as our own. It doesn’t matter who takes the 10 wickets,” Broad wrote in his column in The Daily Mail.

“When I was a kid and a fan I got the impression at times that Darren Gough and Andy Caddick were almost competing against each other to take wickets. We put pressure on together and squeeze the opposition as a pack,” he said.

Broad said the credit for this should go to coach Andy Flower and captain Andrew Strauss.

“A huge amount of credit for this has to go to Flower and Andrew Strauss. It is the players who step on the field and have to be judged but the amount of preparation and hard work that has gone into this achievement is phenomenal,” said Broad.

The fast bowler also thanked Flower for giving him a chance in the Lord’s Test against India at a time when it looked that he was sure to be dropped after a poor series against Sri Lanka.

“I think I came close to being dropped before the first Test. When Flower told me I was playing at Lord’s I almost felt a sense of release because I felt I was owed a break after injury and not picking up the wickets I felt my bowling deserved. Now I have taken 21 wickets in this series and scored a few runs so I hope I have repaid the faith that was shown me,” he said.

The lanky fast bowler also showered heavy praises on the support staffs.

“An England player has to front up to the press at the end of each day’s play and we were saying as we sat in the dressing room on Saturday night that each member of our backroom staff should take their turn to do that instead of us at The Oval this week. That way perhaps people would find out how much they all do, but sadly they did not seem too keen,” he said.

“It is the little things that make the difference. The moments that change Test matches and series. The shows of strength that have said to our opponents: ‘This England team are a powerful and ruthless bunch and we’re hunting you down’,” he said.

On batting coach Graham Gooch, Broad said: “Graham Gooch makes sure that no-one is happy with a hundred. They have to make it a big one, one of his ‘daddies’. And if one of us is batting with someone who has just reached a century it is up to us to remind them to go on and make it big and help them get there.”

“It is pretty special to get there from sixth place so quickly, just as it was special to be on the field on Saturday when Sreesanth poked a catch off Tim Bresnan to Kevin Pietersen in the gully. Edgbaston is always a great place to play but it was amazing at that moment. All I could hear from the crowd before that last wicket was: ‘Stand up if you’re No.1′. Brilliant,” he said.

Contrary to popular belief that England won easily in the first three Tests, Broad said India were never allowed to fight.

“I have heard some people say they are disappointed that India haven’t made more of a fight of this series. Well, perhaps we haven’t allowed them to. Can’t we enjoy England’s success? Do you think the Australians felt disappointed when they were pummelling us in their glory years?

“I think most people have really enjoyed this series,” he said.

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