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Broad hails bowlers after England keep up the heat

Published 30/07/2014 | 02:30

Stuart Broad collected 3-65 as England reduced India to 323-8 on day three of the third Test against India at the Ageas Bowl. Photo: Andrew Matthews/PA Wire
Stuart Broad collected 3-65 as England reduced India to 323-8 on day three of the third Test against India at the Ageas Bowl. Photo: Andrew Matthews/PA Wire

Stuart Broad was delighted with the performance of the England bowlers as they claimed seven wickets on day three of the third Test against India.

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James Anderson (3-52) and Broad (3-65) kept chipping away, and Moeen Ali picked up two bonus wickets, as India closed at the Ageas Bowl on 323-8 in reply to 569-7 declared.

Broad said: "I think we've had a good day. We set it up with the bat and had a huge amount of scoreboard pressure which always helps because if you bowl a slightly fuller ball that gets driven for four, you've got so many runs on the board to go again.

"Eight wickets, we're pretty happy with."

The follow-on remains a feasible option as England try to work out the likeliest method of bowling the tourists out twice on this benign surface to level the series at 1-1 with two to play, but Broad said he did not think captain Alastair Cook would enforce the follow-on.

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He added: "I'm not a fan of the follow-on. Even if you have a 20 to 30-over rest it gives the whole fielding unit and the bowlers just another oomph to go again.

"I wouldn't imagine we'd be looking to enforce the follow-on. Unless you've got a world-class spinner who can bowl one end for the second innings, the follow-on is a risky business."

Meanwhile, Ireland have announced that they will tour Australia and New Zealand in September to aid preparations for next year's World Cup Down Under.

"This tour is a great opportunity for the squad to acclimatise ahead of the competition," said Ireland coach Phil Simmons of the month-long trip.

Ireland's four games in Australia include two against Queensland Bulls, and in New Zealand they will face first-class sides Northern Districts, Canterbury and Otago as well as a game against a New Zealand XI.

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Irish Independent

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