2014
03.06

(WICB Photo)

England captain Stuart Broad says he is “baffled” by a decision to change the ball during his side’s series-clinching one-day win over West Indies.

The umpires ruled it was showing “unnatural deterioration” as England sealed a 25-run victory in the third and deciding match in Antigua.

“I saw no logic to it at all. I am baffled by it,” said Broad.

“Throughout the three games, the ball was roughing up, little bits of leather were coming off it.”

Former captain Bob Willis accused England of ball-tampering after umpires decided to change the ball during a Champions Trophy match against Sri Lanka in 2013.

Broad said that while he did not believe the umpires were making a similar allegation in Antigua, he was confused as to why they intervened.

“It’s not like the ball was reverse-swinging,” said 27-year-old all-rounder, who was leading England for the first time in a one-day series in place of the rested Alastair Cook.

“I bowled three cross-seamers with the ball they gave us and the same wear was arriving on that ball. I’m very confused as to why it was changed and made my confusion well known…”

bbc.com

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