Stuart Broad annoyed by media criticism of England's first Test defeat

Last Updated: 19/11/12 4:13pm

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Vice-captain Stuart Broad has taken a swipe at some media pundits for what he believes is unfair criticism of England's performance in the first Test.

India won it by nine wickets, and Broad admitted the hosts deserved the victory and apologised for the England performance.

But he insisted that some media analysis has been unfair.

Sir Ian Botham was particularly unimpressed with England, though Broad insisted his argument was not with the Sky Sports commentator.

Broad tweeted: "India outplayed us. A few positives but on the whole poor so sorry for that. Onwards and upwards.

"And before you listen to too many ex-playing 'experts' being negative, ask them if they ever won a Test series in India....#28years."

England have not emerged triumphant from a Test series in India since 1984-85.

Broad says the Decision Review System (DRS) should be used - it is not in place for this four-match series due to the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) opposing the use of technology.

Broad added: "On DRS. I hear 12 decisions would have been overturned in the Test. Potentially match changing but India would have had eight of them #itsneeded."

England all-rounder Samit Patel was particularly unlucky to be given out in both innings although captain Alastair Cook survived a strong lbw shout late on day three en route to his second-innings 176 which gave the visitors a glimmer of hope.

Former England all-rounder Botham - part of Sky's commentary team for the match - rejected Broad's criticism of former players and hit back on Twitter.

In a Tweet to Broad he wrote: "Didn't average 40+ with the ball overseas...!

Not sure what I scored against India with the bat..? #justsaying."

Botham's record with the bat in India was in fact impressive. He hit 114 in the Golden Jubilee Test in Mumbai in 1980 and averaged 55 as England lost the six-Test series 1-0 in 1981-82.

In response to Botham, Broad tweeted: "Spat with @BeefyBotham?? What spat? Love Beefy, best bowler England have ever had, then add his batting. Twitter is funny at times!"

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