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Stuart Broad feeling fresh after first Test toil

Stuart Broad
Broad battled hard in the stifling heat of Chittagong

England's Stuart Broad says he is fresh for the second Test against Bangladesh in Dhaka, which starts on Saturday.

The 23-year-old bowler passed a late fitness test on his back before helping England see off the hosts in an 181-run win in the first Test in Chittagong.

And the seamer has reported no ill-effects from his three-wicket display.

"I bowled nearly 50 overs and haven't pulled up too stiff," he said. "They are all encouraging signs and I'm feeling fresh for the Test in Dhaka."

Broad was part of a four-man attack in Chittagong, a selection decision that was exposed during the hosts' second innings.

Junaid Siddique and Mushfiqur Rahim survived the morning with a 167-run stand before spinner Graeme Swann, who ended with figures of 10-217, ended that resistance.

But Nottinghamshire star Broad, who slips out of the top world's top 10 bowlers after toiling on a dead pitch in Chittagong, claimed the attack was more than happy with their showing.

"As a unit we're delighted to pick up 20 wickets and win a Test," he said.


"Any time you're thrown the ball you're going to charge in for your country, whether you have four or five [bowlers in the attack]."

Broad, meanwhile, apologised for failing to follow on-field etiquette when not appealing for Abdur Razzak's wicket.

Broad trapped the tail-ender lbw but instead of asking the question of umpire Rod Tucker, he simply began celebrating with his team-mates.

"It had been a frustrating morning for us, I wrapped the fellow on the pad and I knew it was out straight away," said Broad.

"But I get on really well with the umpire and I just said 'Rod, sorry about my mishap'. He just laughed it off.

"It had been a tough day and he used his common sense. I made a mistake and I apologised to him but he was very light hearted about it.

I'm feeling fresh for the Test in Dhaka

Stuart Broad

"It's a communication thing. You're always talking to the umpire and if you are getting frustrated and or crossing the line they can have a word with you and calm it down a little bit."

Broad's admission follows Graeme Swann's apology to batsman Junaid Siddique after sending him to the pavilion with a foul-mouthed outburst.

However, Broad does not think his team needs to keep their on-pitch demeanour in check.

"It's still important to show a presence on the field, as the whole England team does," said Broad.

"At the end of the day you are playing for your country so you are going to have passion and pride out there.

"You have to have an aggression and a presence in Test cricket because you're not just there to bowl at the batsman so he can score runs, you're there to get him out.

"Look at some of the best fast bowlers in the world - Glenn McGrath was hugely aggressive with his body language."

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