England v South Africa: Second Test evenly poised, says Stuart Broad
Stuart Broad believes the second Test is finely balanced after England finished 371 runs behind South Africa after Day Two
Stuart Broad believes the second Test remains evenly poised after England finished 371 runs behind South Africa’s first-innings score at Headingley.
Proteas’ opener Alviro Petersen scored a career-best 182 while JP Duminy notched up an unbeaten 48 to help South Africa post a total of 419, before England’s opening batsmen saw the hosts through to 48-0.
“It’s pretty even, I think,” Broad told Sky Sports.
“Being none down for us was vital tonight, and tomorrow morning the first hour will be huge – because we all have one job, and that’s to bat as big and as long as we possibly can.”
The Nottinghamshire bowler, who finished with figures of 3-96, added: “There’s always that expectation and pressure when you win the toss and bowl, that the opposition team won’t get 400.
“But wicket-wise, I don’t think it was that dangerous to bat on.
“It took a fantastic knock from Petersen, with 180. He played and missed a huge amount, but obviously played fantastically well to get there.
“It took that to stop us bowling them out a little bit cheaper.”
Having been buoyed by the late wickets of AB de Villiers and Dale Steyn the previous evening, England failed to make any early inroads in front of a packed crowd despite some tight bowling.
Duminy, batting for the first time in the series, played beautifully marshalling the tail-enders before running out of partners.
Some lusty blows by tail-ender Morne Morkel kept the Western Terrace entertained, however, Anderson wrapped up the innings, removing Imran Tahir for a duck.
Alastair Cook and Strauss saw the hosts through to 48 before the rain settled bringing a premature close to proceedings.
England now face a tough task to vindicate their captain’s decision to insert the tourists in to bat after they scored so heavily in the first Test.