England fast bowler Stuart Broad is wary prior playing the 1st day/night Test match of his career. He feels that it’s a “step in to the unknown” for England and has termed challenge as “nerve racking”.
“This week, I promise you, we are stepping into the unknown,” Broad said.“I just don’t know what to expect. I’ve tried to speak to a few people – obviously the Australians are a bit different because they have played day-nighters with a different ball [the Kookaburra]. The county lads said it’s not shined up very well at all, that it’s gone really soft really quickly – it’s given different bounce for the spinners but not really turned”.
“This is a big series for us and this is the first Test of the series – it’s quite nerve racking. You’re playing something that is completely unknown to you but you still have to stamp your authority on the series. It think it really opens up the series to start with.”
The 1st Test in the 3 match Test series between England and West Indies is going to be a day/night one. The match will start on August 17 at Edgbaston. Tgis will be the 5th day/night Test in international cricket. On past occasions many teams have struggled to cope with the challenges of playing with the pink ball under the artificial lights.
Broad is aware that the English conditions are going to make playing under lights even more challenging. But he hopes that the side will go into the match with a clear mind and cope up with challenges of pink ball cricket.
“The exciting thing as a player is that we are going in with a completely clear mind, learning on the job almost,” said Broad.