Broad shrugs off ‘illogical’ critiques

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England fast bowler Stuart Broad has said that he doesn’t place too much stock in some of the criticism that has come his way after the Lord’s defeat.

Broad bounced back to be the pick of the England bowlers as they bowled Pakistan out before tea on day one of the second Test at Headingley.

The quick felt that some of the criticism he received after the Lord’s defeat was on point but dismissed some of it as illogical.

Speaking to Sky Sports after his return of 3 for 38 had helped England start the second Test well Broad said: “I understand the criticism of me from the first Test, I like listening to pundits speak. A lot of it is justified, some of it is not. I didn’t feel some of the flack that was coming my way was overly logical.

“There was an angle of promoting own shows and own columns in that criticism but that’s the way of the world. I know within myself I’m bowling well and creating chances and that wickets will come when it’s my day.”

The opening bowler was surprised with the amount of movement on offer on a pitch that looked pale and innocuous.

He said: “I don’t think any of us expected it to nip or swing like it did. We’re delighted with the pressure we built, we let a few boundaries slip by if we’re being critical on ourselves but to get that many wickets in that time was brilliant.”

England worked their way to 106 for 2 by the close of play, though they will be disappointed that Alastair Cook departed in the final few minutes before stumps.