Broad tells bats­men they have to de­liver

Manchester Evening News - - SPORT - By DAVID CHARLESWOR­TH

Broad be­lieves Eng­land’s bats­men should be eye­ing a sub­stan­tial lead against New Zealand after day two of the sec­ond Test at Hamil­ton.

Broad was the pick of Eng­land’s at­tack with four wick­ets for 73 runs on a sur­face that of­fered pre­cious lit­tle for fast bowlers as the Black Caps were re­stricted to 375 all out be­fore the tourists closed on 39 for two.

With opener Dom Si­b­ley and Joe Denly back in the pav­il­ion, Broad has called on the re­main­ing bats­men to de­liver, en­dors­ing Rory Burns to chal­lenge New Zealand’s bowlers.

“If a bats­man re­ally ap­plies him­self on these pitches and doesn’t play loose shots and wants to just score in their area, they can be a real hand­ful,” Broad said.

“Some­one like Rory Burns is our key bats­man be­cause he’s some­one that has his ar­eas that he scores in and if he can stay in that bub­ble and not chase balls out­side off-stump etc, he’s some­one who could go and get 200.

“If we bat through the whole of (Sun­day) and go past New Zealand, we can ap­ply some pres­sure on them in the sec­ond in­nings. If we don’t go and get 400, we can’t.

“We know we’ve got to go and bat 150 overs here to set up a game on day five. If you’re a bats­man, you’d want to bat out there, wouldn’t you? If you were good at bat­ting, you’d fancy that.” In the last Test at Sed­don Park, New Zealand amassed 715 for six de­clared after re­strict­ing Bangladesh to 234 all out be­fore com­plet­ing an in­nings win, and Broad ad­mit­ted Eng­land will be fol­low­ing a sim­i­lar blue­print.

“For us to win this game, we’ll need a bat­ter to get 150-plus and some­one else to get a hun­dred and leave our­selves a day to bowl them out on day five,” he said.

“I think that’s how New Zealand won the last Test they played here they got 700 and odd for six. Ar­guaSTUART bly, they’re prob­a­bly 300 under-par.”

Broad re­vealed Eng­land have a dif­fer­ent mind­set be­cause of the flat sur­faces in New Zealand, where the tour­ing seam­ers var­ied their paces and lengths on Satur­day af­ter­noon.

After Tom Latham was dis­missed for 105, hav­ing added only four to his overnight 101, an at­tri­tional 124-run stand be­tween BJ Watling and Test debu­tant Daryl Mitchell helped New Zealand re­cover from 191 for five.

How­ever, Eng­land’s tac­tics en­sured they reaped their rewards shortly be­fore the tea in­ter­val and be­yond as New Zealand were only to add 60 runs for their fi­nal five wick­ets.

“We won the toss and bowled not to bowl New Zealand out for 150 – it was a 330-350 – and then bat big once to try to win the game. We thought it would be our best chance to take 20 wick­ets in five days, by bowl­ing first,” said Broad.

Watling, Eng­land’s tor­men­tor with an epic dou­ble cen­tury in Mount Maun­ganui that helped New Zealand to an unas­sail­able 1-0 lead in the two-Test se­ries, was out for a painstak­ing 55 to a Broad bumper.

Mitchell also fell into Broad’s short-ball trap, but after con­tribut­ing 73 in his first Test in­nings, hav­ing re­placed the in­jured Colin De Grand­homme, he said: “It’s pretty cool to be able to con­trib­ute.

“If you said at the start of the day, I would have done that I’d have been happy. I’m not com­plain­ing.”

If a bats­man re­ally ap­plies him­self on these pitches he can be a real hand­ful

Stu­art Broad

Stu­art Broad cel­e­brates with Ben Stokes after dis­miss­ing BJ Watling of New Zealand dur­ing day 2 of the sec­ond Test match

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