England chase Test win
Stuart Broad says England will “dangle a carrot” in an attempt to win the second Test and square the series. The hosts, resuming the final day on 37-2, a lead of 219, will target quick runs before setting West Indies a victory target. Broad said: “I think all results will be possible, but we’d have to bowl pretty badly to lose it.”
Stuart Broad said that England will “take a risk” and “dangle a carrot” as they attempt to square the series against West Indies on the final day at Old Trafford.
A superb display with the second new-ball helped England gain a first innings lead of 182, which they extended to 219 as they reached 37 for two in their second innings at the close. Broad said that, as shown by the promotion of Ben Stokes and Jos Buttler to open the innings, England intend to hunt quick runs in the morning before setting West Indies a victory target.
“I think we’d want a minimum of 270 probably. And I think that will end up being a brilliant game,”
Broad said. “We want to make this series 1-1 as quickly as we can and with the time that’s gone out of this Test match with the weather we might have to take a risk.
“I think it’s going to be a great Test match day – I think it’s really exciting. I think we’ll dangle a carrot there. I think all results will be possible, but we’d have to bowl pretty badly to lose it.”
After West Indies’ dramatic collapse to the second new ball – having reached 242 for four, they lost their last six wickets for 45 runs – Broad said that England hoped they would be able to get a burst with the second new ball, which is available after 80 overs, in the tourists’ second innings. To allow themselves 85 overs of bowling time at
West Indies, England would have to declare after 11 overs, with two of the 98 allocated overs lost for the change of innings.
“If we could get 85 overs tomorrow that would be dreamworld stuff really,” Broad said.
West Indies won the Wisden Trophy last year, when they beat England in the Caribbean, so England must win the second Test to have any chance of regaining the trophy.
After his controversial omission from the first Test last week, Broad took three for 66 – all taken with the second new ball. “I’ve not felt like I’ve wanted to prove a point,” he said. “But I think when you get an opportunity in an England shirt, you want to make it count.
“I was probably finding my feet in my first couple of spells, I think I wasn’t running in quite as quickly. I was probably a bit careful.
“Match fitness isn’t just a physical thing, it’s a mental thing. All three of us who didn’t play last week felt like we need a couple of spells, and after tea I hit the Test match rhythm that I wanted.”
Earlier on day four, England’s Dominic Sibley admitted to accidentally using saliva to polish the ball, which led the umpires to have to disinfect the ball in accordance with the ICC’s new protocols governing the use of saliva on balls. England did not receive an official warning, but teams are liable to be docked five penalty runs if they use saliva after receiving two official warnings.