We can bank on Joe Root says Stuart Broad

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We can bank on Joe Root says Stuart Broad
SP221015-SK-PAKISTANStuart Broad of England celebrate the lbw against Pakistan captain Misbah Ul Haq in the second day of 2nd test match Match against England at Dubai International Cricket Stadium on Friday. 23 October, 2015. Photo by Shihab

Dubai - Alastair Cook's men will resume play at 10am this morning on 182-3, some 196 runs shy of the hosts' tally, with an in-form Joe Root (76no) and Jonny Bairstow (27no) still out in the middle.

By Alex Leach

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Published: Sat 24 Oct 2015, 12:00 AM

Last updated: Sat 24 Oct 2015, 11:40 AM

Stuart Broad says England shall look to ratchet up the pressure on Pakistan by amassing a 400-plus score and establishing a first-innings lead on the third day of this second Test here on Saturday.
Alastair Cook's men will resume play at 10am this morning on 182-3, some 196 runs shy of the hosts' tally, with an in-form Joe Root (76no) and Jonny Bairstow (27no) still out in the middle.
The tourists have a comparatively long tail too, meaning they could yet reach - and surpass - Pakistan's initial figure if the likes of Ben Stokes, Jos Buttler, Adil Rashid and Broad himself can provide some staunch support to Root. "The biggest hour in the game will probably come tomorrow (Saturday) morning because, if we can have a good start and get up to that second new ball with maybe only losing one wicket, we've a good chance to get past Pakistan," the England speedster said.
"Hopefully, tomorrow will be Joe's day because if he can be the guy we bat around and we have a few guys make good half-centuries around him, we should get 400-plus and - if we do that - we'll put Pakistan under a lot of pressure. If we can manage to get 400-plus on a deteriorating wicket, we'll be in the box seat."
Broad added: "Joe has been in great form in 2015. He's as good a player of spin as an Englishman that I've played with; he's natural and doesn't look panicked or rushed. He knows his areas to score and plays it.
"Joe and Cookie (Alastair Cook) have brought a lot of calmness to the batting unit. Joe brings a calmness the younger guys can feed off.
"He's great to have in that batting order with the form he's in at the moment."
alex@khaleejtimes.com 



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