Broad backs `drop-in` Adelaide Oval to save England from Johnson`s `roughing`

ANI| Updated: Nov 28, 2013, 16:22 PM IST

Sydney: England bowler Stuart Broad has said that he believes the drop-in Adelaide Oval pitch for the second Ashes Test would not suit Australian paceman Mitchell Johnson and thus would help them getting `roughed up` like Gabba.

The drop-pitch for the Adelaide Test starting on December 5 is expected to offer less pace and bounce to Australia`s quicks.

According to the Sydney Morning Herald, Broad said that England is aware of the danger that Johnson poses, although he expressed confidence that his side would play a lot better in Adelaide as the pitch there will have a different style of wicket, unlike the Gabba, where Johnson `roughed` them with some short-pitched bowling.

Meanwhile, Jonny Bairstow and uncapped pair Gary Ballance and Ben Stokes are vying for the vacant spot in England`s top six batting lineup in Adelaide following the return home of Jonathan Trott because of a stress-related illness, the report added.