Stuart Broad says England need a batsman to score over 150 to win the second Test
Stuart Broad states England require a batsman to score 150-plus to give themselves a chance of winning the second Test against New Zealand.
The tourists ended two with Dom Sibley and Joe Denly, with equaling outside the Black Caps for 375, on 39-2.
But, Broad remains confident that England can make a result in a docile pitch given are applied by the batsmen.
“If you’re a batsman you’d fancy scoring some big runs on there,” he told Sky Sports. “I believe that the secret is to get to 20 and 30 and then proceed big.
“We want one batsman to move above 150 to place us in a position to win this game. We have got the batsmen who can do this and that I fancy our chances. It is a massive first hour tomorrow but we have got to bat all day tomorrow.”
Having spent the majority of those initial two weeks in the field knows how hard it is to your bowlers on a surface supplying precious little aid.
“Have you noticed how big the roller? It’s a bowler’s nightmare!” He added. “There hasn’t been a large amount for cutters and things. However, such as at Mount Maunganui, you see the way [Neil] Wagner and [Tim] Southee go.
“I looked at Southee moving on the crease a good deal, he bowls the same ball but from various places on the crease, it’s merely smart bowling along with something which you’re looking to do.
“I feel every one the seamers have found this tour tough work to extract much in the pitches but that I think Mount Maunganui and below are known to be batting-friendly pitches, therefore it’s our opportunity tomorrow with the bat to really settle in and bat large.
“Our method of taking 20 wickets would be to try and bowl New Zealand out to 350-ish, bat enormous and dish them out to the previous moment.
“Actually, 375… yes, we’d have enjoyed 350 and under but you’re permitted to play well and I believed New Zealand’s batsmen played nicely. But we should go beyond that.”
See day three of the second Test between New Zealand and England on Sky Sports Cricket from 9pm, Saturday.