New Zealand v England: Gooch still believes tourists can salvage draw
New Zealand v England: Batting coach Graham Gooch believes that his batsmen are capable of salvaging a draw in the third Test
Batting coach Graham Gooch believes that the England batsmen are capable of salvaging a draw in the third Test, as they enter day five in a precarious position.
England are 90-4 in their second innings and must bat out the final day, some 390 runs behind New Zealand.
“I’m not giving any excuses because we have been outplayed, but we still have a chance to salvage something,” said Gooch.
Asked if the team believed they could turned it around, he added: “Absolutely. Otherwise, what’s the point in turning up?”
The Kiwis are chasing only their fourth series triumph over England, and owe their position largely to Peter Fulton, who became the fourth New Zealander to score two hundreds in a Test match.
At the start of the fourth day he put on a stand of 117 with captain Brendan McCullum in just 17 overs to bat England out of the game.
Having been set an improbable 481 to win, England lost Nick Compton, Jonathan Trott, Alastair Cook and nightwatchman Steven Finn.
“Losing those two wickets at the end has made them favourites to win the game,” said Gooch.
“We’re under a lot of pressure but we have some good players in our dressing room, some good young players and we have to believe we can save the game.”