Stuart Broad urges England to be clinical against Pakistan

England's bowling attack responded to a disappointing batting display on day one by reducing Pakistan to 288-7 on Wednesday

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England pace-man Stuart Broad Photo: The Sport Review

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Stuart Broad has called on England to be clinical on the third morning of the first Test against Pakistan after Andrew Strauss’s men gave themselves a fighting chance of a result in Dubai on Wednesday.

England posted a disappointing score of 192 all out on day one but a flurry of late wickets on a hard-fought day two left Pakistan within touching distance on 288-7, a lead of just 96.

England’s bowling attack, led by Broad with figures of 2-72 and marshalled well by Graeme Swann, 2-89, stuck to their task with precision on a slow, dry pitch in the Middle-East.

James Anderson also chipped in with 2-57 as the Three-Lions made sure they still have a chance of at least a draw which looked highly unlikely earlier in the day with Pakistan on a commanding 176-3.

“It’s important we finish them off quickly in the morning,” Broad told the BBC. “If we can get 350-400 in our second innings it will be tough batting last on that wicket.”

And seamer Broad is confident that England can draw on their experience of coming back from other poor starts to help them get right back into the game and even win it.

Strauss’s men managed to salvage a draw in the first Ashes test in Brisbane last winter after conceding a first-innings deficit of 221 and went one better by beating India at Trent Bridge last-summer after posting a miserly 124-8 on day one.

“Last night I think there were a few batters feeling a bit negative in their room, but it [was] important today that we came to the ground with a positive attitude, knowing that we’ve been in positions like this before,” added Broad.

“We can look back to Brisbane and Trent Bridge, when we were behind the eight-ball a little bit but bowled really nicely in our first innings then scored big in our second innings batting.

“So that’s what we’ve got to do here, but more importantly tomorrow morning we’ve got to come out and finish the tail off.”

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