‘It was dangerous out there’: Stuart Broad jumps in defense of referees who come under fire when poor lighting stops play on the frustrating second day of the second test
- Stuart Broad has jumped to the umpire’s defense after a controversial appeal
- The second day of the second test was halted due to poor lighting in Southampton
- The English bowler said it would be dangerous to continue playing
- Pakistan finished Day 2 at 223-9, while England still had to hit in the Ageas Bowl
Stuart broad jumped to the under-fire referees’ defense on Friday night after poor light controversially reduced the game to just 40.2 overs on a frustrating second day of the second Test.
Although there was little rain in Southampton after the delayed start, English officials Richard Kettleborough and Michael Gough decided that the light was not good enough after tea, despite spotlights shining brightly on the Ageas Bowl.
Mohammad Rizwan dominated what was there, hitting an unbeaten 60 as Pakistan advanced to 223 for nine and 39 for the ninth wicket with Mohammad Abbas.
Stuart Broad (left) has defended the controversial demand to stop play in the second Test
Richard Kettleborough and Michael Gough called bad light in Southampton on Friday
“It’s a tricky one because player safety is very important,” said Broad, who took the key wicket from Babar Azam and continued his three-for-56 purple patch on the premature close.
When bowlers are operating at over 85 mph and it’s bleak there, it can be dangerous. The officials were right to take us away because it had fallen under the darkness we came into earlier in the day, ‘Broad told the BBC.
“All our players came out and said,” I wouldn’t want to hit this, “because it was pretty dark.
‘There are times when we got loose and there was a crowd in and we thought we could still be there, but today was on that dark side of being fit.’
The decision was disputed, with the Ageas Bowl spotlighted for the players
Broad has continued his purple spot in the second Test, with scores of three for 56 runs
Broad’s strike partner Jimmy Anderson, who took his record to 593 casualties with Yasir Shah’s wicket, agreed, saying, ‘The light has been bleak all day and we did well to get the game we got . It felt like the lights were quite prominent. ‘
But Anderson believes the referees could be more wary of taking light measurements that set the template for the entire test. “Maybe there should be a little more leeway with the light,” he said. “But we can only rely on the referees’ readings.”
Anderson, who admitted to getting emotional and frustrated after a bad performance in the first test, was much more like himself in Southampton so far, saying: ‘I felt a lot better both mentally and on the ball.
‘I had good conversations with a number of players and also worked on my technique. I came in with more confidence and the wickets are helping. It’s nice when you do it right. I was just trying to put a little smile on my face. England is confident that with three days to go they still have time to force a result and believe the field will be the best to hit today.
“We’re a little frustrated that we didn’t get the chance to finish them,” Anderson added. “But we are quite happy with what we stand.”