Sydney: England bowling all-rounder Stuart Broad has said that a `soft` England batting had gifted Australia a thumping victory in the first Ashes Test at the Gabba in Brisbane.
Although the Australian crowd`s favourite whipping boy believes that it was important that England`s top-order made a better start to the second Test in Adelaide, he stopped short of calling it a `must-win` match
According to News.com.au, Broad admitted that England`s batsmen gave away some `soft` wickets away at bad times at Gabba, which gave confidence to Australia and helped them win the match, adding that they need to get back to scoring big runs and making themselves difficult to get out.
Broad, who was England`s standout performer England`s standout performer with eight wickets and 36 runs, also said that he thinks 14 wickets got out on the leg side, which he claimed, is very rare for an international batting line-up, adding that they will be targeting to erase that issue in the nets ahead with both bat and ball ahead of the Adelaide Test.
Meanwhile, Broad, the target of intense media and crowd banter after his controversial behaviour in the summer series in England, said that no player had over-stepped the mark, despite some heated moments at the Gabba, adding that the crowd reaction did not bother him nearly as much as the result.