Labeling the Edgbaston pitch as "characterless" and "soulless," Broad didn't hold back his criticism. He emphasized the lack of liveliness and distinctiveness in the surface, making it a challenging and monotonous experience for the players. 

"How can I be polite? It's a very slow, low surface that saps the energy out of the ball, would be the nice way to put it," Broad told the broadcasters. “It's been pretty characterless so far - a bit soulless. But ultimately you can only judge it towards the end of a Test match and see how it develops,”

Broad highlighted the unique difficulties faced by seamers on the sluggish Edgbaston pitch. He noted that it was one of the slowest surfaces he has encountered in England, affecting the movement and effectiveness of the new ball

"It's certainly one of the slowest pitches I can remember bowling on in England. I think there was a stat that, for the Aussies in the first 10 overs, it moved the least-ever recorded. It has certainly been hard work for the seamers.

His disappointment stemmed from the lack of assistance for seamers, making it difficult to generate plays-and-misses or edges to slip, especially when facing the formidable Steve Smith. Broad's candid remarks shed light on the difficulties faced by the bowlers and the impact it had on the overall dynamics of the game.

“Ultimately, we're looking to entertain and have fun and get the crowd jumping, and it's quite a difficult pitch to get plays-and-misses on and nicks to slip on these sorts of pitches are your worst nightmare when Steve Smith walks to the crease, to be honest,” he added.