Broad claims he didn't listen to Harbhajan's nick due to noise

Stuart Broad’s hat-trick included the wickets of Mahendra Singh Dhoni, Harbhajan and Praveen Kumar Getty Images

London: Aug 3, 2011

It was because of the noisy Trent Bridge atmosphere the English players could not hear Harbhajan Singh’s thick inside edge on to his pad on the second day of the just-concluded second cricket Test, according to pacer Stuart Broad.

During a hostile spell in the final session of the day, Broad picked up five wickets without conceding a run, including a hat-trick.

The hat-trick included the wickets of Mahendra Singh Dhoni, Harbhajan and Praveen Kumar, but the Indian off-spinner was unlucky as replays cleared showed that he played the ball on to his pads.

“I went wide on the crease to MS Dhoni and got him to nick a drive to Jimmy Anderson, who took a great catch. Then the noise was so great none of us realised that Harbhajan Singh had got an inside edge on to his pad first ball,” Broad said.

The pacer said the English team showed character in the first two days of the Trent Bridge Test, which the hosts won by a massive 319 runs to go 2-0 up in the four-match series.

“The way we hit back when India were on top on both the first and second days showed the character in our side. We are looking to be the best team in the world and that hunger and determination to get there has shone through.”

Broad said his aggressive game paid off when England were in the dumps on the first day at Trent Bridge.

“I kept on telling myself to be aggressive and, when you start playing a few shots, the opposition can get away from their plans, which in this case had been working well for India,” Broad wrote in a column in the Daily Mail.

He said things could have been unpleasant if the controversial run-out appeal against Ian Bell was not withdrawn.

“It was the right decision. I was near the balcony so I joined in with a few of the lads clapping the India team back on to the field for what they had done. They were getting a hostile reception then. It could have been unpleasant if the decision had remained but from then on it was a case of Job done, well done India, let’s crack on’,” Broad said.