Stuart Broad ‘baffled’ by ball change

(BBC) England captain Stuart Broad says he is “baffled” by a decision to change the ball during his side’s series-clinching one-day win over West Indies.

The umpires ruled it was showing “unnatural deterioration” as England sealed a 25-run victory in the third and deciding match in Antigua.

“I saw no logic to it at all. I am baffled by it,” said Broad.

“I’m very confused as to why it was changed and made my confusion well known”

“Throughout the three games, the ball was roughing up, little bits of leather were coming off it.”

Former captain Bob Willis accused England of ball-tampering after umpires decided to change the ball during a Champions Trophy match against Sri Lanka in 2013.

Broad said that while he did not believe the umpires were making a similar allegation in Antigua, he was confused as to why they intervened.  “It’s not like the ball was reverse-swinging,” said 27-year-old all-rounder, who was leading England for the first time in a one-day series in place of the rested Alastair Cook.

“I bowled three cross-seamers with the ball they gave us and the same wear was arriving on that ball. I’m very confused as to why it was changed and made my confusion well known.”

Before the ball controversy, Joe Root hit a maiden one-day international century and Jos Buttler fell one run short of his first ODI ton as England posted 303-6.

England then reduced the hosts to 43-3 before Denesh Ramdin threatened to pull off a remarkable fightback with a maiden century of his own. With 40 needed from the final three overs, Ramdin took 14 from three Tim Bresnan deliveries before being bowled by a yorker which sealed England’s victory in their first series since their dismal Ashes tour.

“This is going to lift the boys,” said Broad. “The guys have held themselves brilliantly to come away with a series win.”

England now play three Twenty20s against the same opposition in Barbados in preparation for the World T20 in Bangladesh.

Root could miss the first game on Sunday after suffering a thumb injury when struck by a ball from pace bowler Ravi Rampaul.

More in Sports

Shane Dowrich

Dowrich shines but Windies battling to avoid defeat

NORTH SOUND, Antigua,  CMC – Wicketkeeper Shane Dowrich struck his second half-century in only his third Test but West Indies were staring at a possible innings defeat after being forced to follow-on by India, on the second day of the opening Test here Saturday.

India captain Virat Kohli celebrates his maiden double century by kissing the turf at the Vivian Richards Cricket Ground. (Photo courtesy WICB)

Kohli, Ashwin put India on top untidy Windies

NORTH SOUND, Antigua, CMC – An error-strewn performance, coupled with Virat Kohli’s maiden Test double hundred and a third Test hundred by Ravi Ashwin, left West Indies facing a massive fight for survival in the opening Test against India here yesterday.

Jamaican Nigel Ellis

Kalawan, Ellis land medals for Jamaica

BYDGOSZCZ, Poland, CMC – Jamaica picked up two more medals on the fourth day of competition at the IAAF World Under-20 Championships here yesterday, after CARIFTA gold medallists Shannon Kalawan and Nigel Ellis reached the podium in the women’s 400 metres hurdles and the men’s 200m respectively.

default placeholder

Froome crashes but retains lead

SAINT-GERVAIS-LES-BAINS, France, (Reuters) – Chris Froome hit the deck but retained the overall leader’s yellow jersey in the Tour de France on the 19th stage, a crash-marred 146-km mountain trek won by Frenchman Romain Bardet in vintage style yesterday.

default placeholder

Guyana girls reach squash team final

Guyana’s girls junior squash team earned a final’s berth against Barbados after defeating Bermuda 4-1 yesterday at the Caribbean squash championships in the Cayman Islands.

FLASHBACK! Some of the participants of a previous camp doing  drills.

Pepsi Hikers annual hockey camp opens Monday

The Hikers Hockey Club will stage its annual two-week hockey camp from Monday to August 6th, at the St. Stanislaus College, Brickdam.

Comments

About these comments

The comments section is intended to provide a forum for reasoned and reasonable debate on the newspaper's content and is an extension of the newspaper and what it has become well known for over its history: accuracy, balance and fairness. We reserve the right to edit or delete comments which contain attacks on other users, slander, coarse language and profanity, and gratuitous and incendiary references to race and ethnicity.



Stay updated! Follow Stabroek News on Facebook or Twitter.

Get the day's headlines from SN in your inbox every morning: