Stuart Broad has said that his hat-trick will not mean much if England lose in the second Test against India at Trent Bridge.
Broad took five wickets for no runs in 16 deliveries, which included the dismissals of Mahendra Singh Dhoni, Harbhajan Singh and Praveen Kumar in successive balls on his home ground as India collapsed from 267 for four to 288 all out.
Broad finished with Test-best figures of 6-46.
Broad said, “I think in the context of the game, it was quite important to pick those wickets up so to be able to get a hat-trick in that was very special but it won’t mean much if we don’t get go on and win this Test match,” he said.
“You always look back on fond days and have fond memories when you win so it’s important that we go on tomorrow and build a big score, which we’re very used to doing in the past year.”
Broad admitted England were made to play the waiting game.
He said: “We tried to build pressure throughout the whole day. I thought the heavy roller played quite a big part in the morning session, the wicket was quite slow and didn’t do a huge amount for us.
“So it was about building the pressure and we knew wickets would fall for us in quick succession at some stage during the day.
“Fortunately that happened for us late in the day but I thought it was a good all-round session from all the bowlers.”
Broad revealed that Strauss had rallied the troops to give their all when the new ball was made available.
“We dropped Yuvraj when he was on four so that was a little bit of a concern at one stage when Dravid and himself were playing brilliantly so we knew that new-ball period was going to be a huge session for us,” said the 25-year-old.
“Straussy asked at tea if we could all raise our intensity in that hour to put some pressure on the Indian batsman and fortunately there was a little bit of swing with that new ball and the edges came right away.
“We’ve got ourselves back in this game. I would say India probably had three-quarters of the day again but we’ve nicked the last session so we’re fighting hard.
“Tomorrow’s going to be a huge day in this Test match. If we can bat big, we need one guy to go and get a hundred and a big hundred, we’re right in the game because I think bowling last on that wicket could be a big advantage for us.”
Talking about Dravid, Broad said, “He’s been hard to bowl at in this series so far. I think the way he left the ball is an example that we can take forward tomorrow for us to look at.”
“It is one of those wickets that you can score on if you put the bad ball away, I mean the outfield is so fast; it just runs away, but he really made the bowlers come to him.
“You do need a little bit of luck on wickets like this at times but it was a fantastic hundred so we were delighted to see the back of him, and to knock the last five or six wickets over as quickly as we did was very pleasing while he was still at the other end.”