Bridge of highs for Broad
Stuart Broad will return to the scene of one of the highlights of his career when England take on West Indies in the second Test.
Last Updated: 24/05/12 12:14pm
Stuart Broad will return to the scene of one of the highlights of his career when England take on West Indies in the second Test at Trent Bridge.
The seamer is no stranger to the venue as he plays his county cricket for Nottinghamshire, though it was on international duty that he endured a moment that he'll never forget.
Last summer Broad claimed a hat-trick against India, dismissing Mahendra Singh Dhoni, Harbhajan Singh and Praveen Kumar with successive balls on day two of the second Test of the series.
Fresh off a man-of-the-match display in the series opener against West Indioes at Lord's, the 25-year-old is looking forward to being on home turf.
"It was definitely one of the highlights of my career. I love playing at Trent Bridge. It's a fantastic ground, the home support is brilliant and looking back to last summer it was great to get the win," he said.
"We got the new ball when India were in a very strong position and when the sun is out Trent Bridge can can play very well for the batsmen.
"I remember Straussy said 'Let's go for broke. Let's try to hit the stumps. Don't worry too much about the runs because we need to make to make some breakthroughs'. Fortunately that worked me.
"I don't think it could have been much better. It was a Saturday evening about 5pm and the crowd was really lively. The atmosphere was incredible when I bowled Kumar for the hat-trick. It went wild.
"I have very fond memories of that."
West Indies will be without paceman Shannon Gabriel for the match, and have called up Tino Best to bolster their bowling options.
However, all the talk surrounding the tourists is over the possibility of Chris Gayle playing a part in the series. The opener has not played Test cricket since December 2010 due to a disagreement with the West Indies Cricket Board, but the two parties appear closer than ever to reconciliation.
Broad insists the hosts are not currently concerned by the left-hander as he is not part of West Indies' squad at the moment.
"We haven't looked at any footage of Chris," he added.
"He's not currently in the squad so we'd be silly to do that. If he gets named in the team we'll do our research and of course we expect to see him in the ODIs and T20s, but until we hear otherwise he's not on our radar."