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Stuart Broad

Broad hails 'powerful' England display

Eng v Ind, 2nd Test, reaction

Stuart Broad said the demolition of India at Lord's was one of England's best team performances during his 11 years as a Test cricketer.

Broad and his partner in crime James Anderson took fours wickets apiece to brush aside India for 130 in their second innings and complete a comprehensive victory by an innings and 159 runs with a day to spare.

It leaves England 2-0 up in the series with three to play. 

Broad, 32, was in exceptional form, making the most of useful bowling conditions which aided swing and seam to run through India's middle order. 

"I think it's a powerful performance," said Broad after the match. "Right up there. The emotions at Edgbaston [where England won the first Test by 31 runs] took a lot out of us. It was good to come to Lord's and have the same kind of energy.

"We were fortunate with how the clouds came to work for us. We talked about patience. We didn't give India too many freebies. We're really enjoying being out there. We each bowl it a bit differently, and that helps."

Broad admitted he was disappointed not to make the most of a hat-trick opportunity after dismissing Virat Kohli and Dinesh Karthik with consecutive deliveries – "It was so bad!" – but said England's pace attack will feel the benefit of finishing the match in quick time. India only faced 82.2 overs across both innings.

"We talked a lot about the bowlers maybe having to rotate [in this series], but we've not had an innings where someone's got a lot of runs. Now we have a few calm days before the next one."

Joe Root reserved special praise for Player of the Match, Chris Woakes, who produced a superb all-round performance which included a maiden Test century and four wickets on his return after injury. 

Chris Woakes was sensational on his return to the side
Chris Woakes was sensational on his return to the side

"The bowling unit were exceptional throughout," said England's captain. "We had the conditions in our favour, but we had to put it in the right places. Jonny [Bairstow] and Woakesy were magnificent. I'm really pleased for Woakesy. A number of times he's showed how talented he is. He's been working hard and is someone who's always been a big part of the side."

Meanwhile, Virat Kohli, who was troubled by a persistent back problem during the match, said India got what they deserved and refused to blame the conditions. 

"I'm not proud of the way we've played," said the Indian captain. "It's the first time in the last five Tests that we've been outplayed. We deserved to lose this game, the way we went about things. You can't really think about conditions when you're playing the game. Sometimes the rub of the green won't go your way.

Kohli received treatment for his troublesome back
Kohli received treatment for his troublesome back

"Even when the ball's doing a bit, you have to pitch it in the right areas. Their guys were relentless, they made us work for the runs."

The series now moves to Trent Bridge, with the third Test starting on 18 August. 

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