England seamer Stuart Broad expressed his disappointment and strong criticism of the pitch at Edgbaston, describing it as “soulless” and one of the slowest he has encountered in England. Broad referred to the Edgbaston pitch as a “nightmare” for fast bowlers and highlighted how it drained the energy out of the ball.
In his own words, Broad stated, “How can I be polite? It’s a very slow, low surface that saps the energy out of the ball. It’s pretty characterless so far, pretty soulless, but you can only judge a surface towards the end of the match and see how it develops.”
Expressing his frustration, Broad admitted, “It’s really frustrating. I’m not really a big no-ball bowler. I probably bowled more no-balls today than I have in a test match before.”
Captain Ben Stokes had initially requested “flat, fast wickets” for the series, but the pitch at Edgbaston has been noticeably slow during the first two days.
Broad expressed his hope that the sluggish nature of the Edgbaston pitch would not set a precedent for the entire series. He remarked, “Hopefully it’s not a trend for the whole series. It’s certainly one of the slowest pitches I can remember bowling on in England.”
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