Broad keen to make amends
Stuart Broad admits England have only themselves to blame for allowing New Zealand back into the NatWest Series.
Last Updated: 23/06/08 11:08am
Stuart Broad admits England have only themselves to blame for allowing New Zealand back into the NatWest Series with victory at Bristol on Saturday.
Chasing a modest target of 183, England were bowled out for just 160 to crash to a 22-run defeat.
That result leaves the five-game series level at 1-1 ahead of Wednesday's fourth instalment at the Oval.
"We knew the game on Saturday was a very important day," said Broad, who impressed with figures of 2-14 from his 10 overs during the loss.
"We said in the morning meeting that we had to be right on our guard because if we'd have gone 2-0 up they couldn't win the series and it was a long way to come to go home empty handed.
"We knew it was a very important game and so did they and unfortunately we didn't perform like we wanted and lost the game and have given them a sniff (of winning the series).
"After winning and bowling like they did, they are going to be up but it's up to us to train hard on Tuesday and go to the Oval fresh and ready to put in another performance like at Durham and win the game.
"You'd expect to chase 180 on most international wickets, you'd have thought, but cricket has always been a pressure game.
"Because we got a few wickets, they couldn't release the pressure by flicking us through midwicket or hitting us over the top so if we stuck to our plans they weren't going to get away from us and the same happened with us.
"We lost a couple of wickets so we couldn't take the risk of taking the game to them and they stuck to their plans well - we just didn't cope with the pressure well enough, we didn't bat well enough.
"When you're in a run chase, you want to sort of kill their momentum. If you lose a wicket, kill their momentum and knock it about for a bit.
"But unfortunately it was about the 64-run period we had a little collapse but you got to pay credit to them. They fielded very well, they bowled very well and we didn't bat well."
England are expected to have a full strength squad to select from at the Oval.
Left-arm seamer Ryan Sidebottom, who has missed the last two matches with a stiff back, has improved, while opening batsman Alastair Cook is also in contention following a sore shoulder that has prevented him featuring yet in the series.