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Broad fears prove unfounded

England bowler Stuart Broad admitted he thought his side were up against it after losing the toss on the first day of the fourth Test with India.

Broad took 6-25 as the hosts skittled India for just 152 after touring skipper Mahendra Singh Dhoni had won the toss and elected to bat at Old Trafford.

The wicket was expected to be favourable to the batsmen early in the contest but Broad and fellow England paceman James Anderson made a mockery of those predictions as they tore through the India order.

Six India players were dismissed for ducks - equalling the Test record - before England reached 113-3 in their first innings at the close of play.

"It was a brilliant day and we're in an extremely strong position,\" Broad told Sky Sports at the end of the day.

\"But I must admit I was a little bit disappointed when we lost the toss just on previous knowledge that Australia got 570 batting first here last year, I just assumed it would play like that.\"

The 28-year-old felt that the overhead conditions contributed to England's strong start in the morning, which saw India reduced to 8-4 at one point.

He added: "You saw when the sun came out and the blue sky showed its face it got a bit better for batting so I think we got lucky with the overheads today.

\"But we didn't get lucky with the skill we produced. We work very hard on that and we delivered everything we wanted to.\"

England were looked set to reach stumps with eight wickets still in hand but lost Gary Ballance in the final over of the day, something which Broad says failed to dampen his side's spirits.

"Overall we've had a fantastic day. Obviously losing Gary in the last over was disappointing but you'd take 39 short with seven wickets in hand," Broad said.

"We're hoping for a decent day tomorrow and, as I said, the overheads made a big difference today. It felt really noticeable when you were bowling in the sunshine that it didn't quite have that zip."