England v SA, 2nd Investec Test, Headingley, 2nd day

England can still win - Broad

George Dobell at Headingley

August 3, 2012

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Despite resuming on the third day with a deficit of 371 runs, Stuart Broad has insisted that England can still win the second Test at Leeds and level the series against South Africa.

Having been put in by England, South Africa scored 419 but Broad, the England allrounder, called on his team-mates to replicate their efforts of 12 months ago at Edgbaston when they amassed 710 for 7 against India, with Alastair Cook contributing an epic 294. Then, according to Broad, England will be in a good position to exploit any uneven bounce in the pitch on the last day.

"We need one of those Edgbaston knocks - 600 or so - and then to put South Africa under pressure on the last day," Broad said. "I think this wicket will eventually get lower, and that's where the four quick bowlers can come into their own - hitting the pitch, and the ball going underground.

"We need to learn from what the South Africans did as well. We're in no rush here with the bat. We can just settle in, take our time and try to build as big a total as we can. Our number one priority with the bat is to try to be patient, and look as big as we can.

"Being none down for us was vital tonight, and tomorrow morning the first hour will be huge - because we all have one job, and that's to bat as big and as long as we possibly can."

Broad defended England's decision to insert South Africa and their decision to omit a specialist spinner from their side for the first time since 2003. While part-time spinner Kevin Pietersen claimed the wicket of Jacques Rudolph with just his second delivery - a sharply turning offbreak - Broad suggested that was a one-off and the pitch would not offer much assistance to South Africa's legspinner Imran Tahir.

"There's always that expectation and pressure when you win the toss and bowl, that the opposition team won't get 400," Broad said. "But wicket-wise, I don't think it was that dangerous to bat on. It took a fantastic knock from Petersen, with 180. He played and missed a huge amount, but obviously played fantastically well to get there. It took that to stop us bowling them out a little bit cheaper.

"I think Rudolph was quite unlucky - because it was the only ball that turned all day. Nothing else really did anything. There were a few raised eyebrows when that ball did turn but nothing else really threatened, so I don't think there are too many panic alarms."

Broad did sound one note of caution. Headingley has a reputation as a ground that favours seamers when there is heavy cloud cover and he admitted England would rather the game was a rain-ruined draw than have to face Dale Steyn and co. in bowler-friendly conditions.

"We hope the weather will be good to us," Broad said. "We hope it is either sunny, or raining, because we don't want that heavy cloud. We'd be in a bit of trouble then.

"That was one of the reasons why we bowled first. The forecast was so bad over the weekend, our best chance was to try to bowl South Africa out on day one and then the ball was in our court. But we can't do much about the weather."

George Dobell is a senior correspondent at ESPNcricinfo

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Posted by Hammond on (August 4, 2012, 12:34 GMT)

@Fourworldcups- incredibly amusing that "18 months" just misses a 3-1 wallop England served out last time they visited here.

Posted by JG2704 on (August 4, 2012, 11:22 GMT)

@Meety on (August 04 2012, 09:07 AM GMT) The reason why I see it as a less risk strategy is that I feel no more confident (batting wise) in having 6 batsmen as 5. At least having 5 bowlers gives us a better chance of closing the gap with the ball

Posted by JG2704 on (August 4, 2012, 11:22 GMT)

As I've said before , I don't actually find it that strange to leave Swann out. This is based on my thoughts that Swann is severely hampered by his injury. If it purely is tactical then I would say this would be irational and regardless they should have called up Monty or another spinner. Even KP looked threatening so it is surely already looking a bad decision

Posted by JG2704 on (August 4, 2012, 11:21 GMT)

@rahulcricket007 on (August 04 2012, 07:38 AM GMT) You're talking jargon again. Can't remember which test it was but it would either have been the 3rd test in UAE or the 1st test in SL. The test where Eng were bowled out for 70 odd was one where we only needed 150 odd to win so why would cricinfo post about Broad saying Eng could chase 150..?

Posted by rahulcricket007 on (August 4, 2012, 11:17 GMT)

SO COOK HAD GONE NOW . LBW TO PHULANDER . NO EDGABUSTON MAGIC FOR BROAD .

Posted by   on (August 4, 2012, 9:13 GMT)

I dont know what Broad has been smoking but he's not on this planet. IF england make 600 that would take them into the 5th day(maybe the end of the 4th) then the bowlers(medium pacers) will have to bowl SA out in less than 100 overs or less. This would require NO rain at all and for eng to bat in sunny conditions then bowl in overcast conditions and even then its a long shot. Reality is, Englands best shot is to go for a draw. Hopefully Eng will drop broad at lords and bring in a bowler who can actually take wickets, maybe then they have a chance of keeping their nr 1 spot.

Posted by Meety on (August 4, 2012, 9:07 GMT)

@JG2704 - I know your reasoning, & I don't disagree with the merit, I just think it is high risk against a quality bowling unit to go in with 5 specialist batsmen & a string of capable low order batsmen. This maybe because I rate Steyn so highly. I think he is the type of bowler, that if the conditions are right, he can run thru a line up, & if you are 3 down at drinks on the first morning, with just Prior & the "tail" to come, it starts to look bleak. On a slightly different line, stating the bleeding obvious, but ASSUMING, 5/1/5 gets the nod, I would ASSUME, that would include at least ONE spinner?

Posted by The_bowlers_Holding on (August 4, 2012, 8:50 GMT)

The weather is going to be the biggest factor with the forecast for overcast or rainy certainly likely to be favourable bowling conditions, therefore England scoring another 450 runs is unlikely. Rahulcricket007 using the caps lock is such an intelligent way to get your well rounded pov across I wish I had thought of that.

Posted by Gregg22 on (August 4, 2012, 7:48 GMT)

Very interesting comments by Broad. Well, most of them were so contradicting i squirmed a bit while reading them. Didn't make any sense whatsoever. From a logical point of view(not the England dressing room) at least. The only thing that can prevent us(that's SOUTH AFRICA) from winning this is rain. I do not foresee such a hapless performance from our bowling attack as India had. So England better start doing the rain dance. Shouldn't be such a tough ask considering weather there in general.

Posted by rahulcricket007 on (August 4, 2012, 7:38 GMT)

DID ANY ONE REMEMBER THAT SAME BROAD SAID THAT ENGLAND CAN CHASE ANYTHING LESS THAN 200 EASILY ON BATTING FOURTH IN ABU DHABI AGAINST PAKISTAN . WHAT HAPPENED ? ENG WERE BOWLED OUT FOR A HUMILIATING 72 BY PAKISTAN . SAME WILL BE HAPPENED HERE . ENGLAND WILL BE BOWLED OUT FOR 320-340 . SA WILL GET 80 RUN LEAD & THEN MAKE 280-300 IN SECOND INNINGS TO PUT A TARGET OF 370-380 FOR ENGLAND IN FOURTH INNINGS .

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