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Need to make early inroads: Broad

cricket Updated: Jul 30, 2011 02:16 IST

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Pacer Stuart Broad, who top-scored for England today with a vital 64, said the home team bowlers would be hoping to make some early inroads into the Indian batting line up on a seamer-friendly Trent Bridge wicket on Saturday.

Indian pace trio of Praveen Kumar (3/45), Ishant Sharma (3/66) and S Sreesanth (3/77) exploited the seaming conditions to perfection throughout the day to bowl out England for a modest 221 in the first innings of the second cricket Test.

In reply, the visitors also lost opener Abhinav Mukund in the very first ball of the innings to James Anderson and Broad said the English bowlers would be looking forward to some early wickets in the first session tomorrow.

"We were hoping for another wicket, we beat the bat enough. There were plays and misses which could have been nicked. But the bowlers are champing a bit to get in tomorrow and get some nicks," Broad said in the post-day's press conference.

"The good thing was that we didn't chase wicket (this evening). We held it tight. We need to make early inroads in the first session tomorrow as it generally swings here in the morning.

"It always swings in here but there is also bounce in the track. There is enough in it for the bowlers. The way Graeme Swann was out (ball rearing up at him), is actually a lot of encouragement for us," he said.

"Even if its' sunshine here tomorrow, it would still swing. It is not like Lord's. May be it would just swing enough to get edges and not (swing) quite a lot for plays and misses. So it's positive even if its sunny," Broad added.