Broad hails bowlers after England keep up the heat
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.
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.
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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