Broad calls for big push
England hero Stuart Broad says England need a big push on Saturday, warning that the final Test is not over yet.
Last Updated: 21/08/09 9:07pm
Stuart Broad glossed over his own personal heroics to praise England's bowling unit as they dismantled Australia at the Oval, while warning there is still a lot of cricket left in the final Test.
Broad took 5-37 as Australia could muster just 160 in their first innings after at one point standing on 73-0, with Graeme Swann also taking four wickets.
England reached 58-3 at the close to lead by 230 and Broad, although delighted with his efforts, warned that there was plenty of cricket left to play with three more days scheduled.
It seems unlikely the Test will go the distance, but with the Ashes at stake, Broad says England must now push on with the bat to ensure they stay on top of the tourists.
"I thought we bowled really well as a unit," Broad told Sky Sports 1.
"We talked about applying pressure together and we talked how as a bowling unit you dovetail with wickets, and it was my day and Graeme's day today.
"Obviously we're delighted to bowl them out for 160 and looking to push on and put them under pressure tomorrow.
"There's still a lot of cricket to go in the game.
"We're really happy with the position we're in but tomorrow's a very important day for us, to try to keep them out as long as possible and put them under real pressure."
Broad is also likely to have an important role to play with the bat on Saturday, and he is eager to establish a reputation as a capable Test all-rounder.
"It's about patience, because it's not easy to score on," he added. "It's quite a difficult pitch to play shots on but it's crucial we get our heads down tomorrow and put them under pressure."
Andrew Flintoff wrapped up the Australian innings by bowling Ben Hilfenhaus, his first wicket of his final Test, and Broad is considered by some as his replacement.
"Not at all, I couldn't replace 'Fred'," Broad insisted. "He's been a fantastic servant to English cricket and someone I've admired for many years.
"It's been a privilege to play with him and hopefully we can send him out on a winning note."
Australia's Simon Katich, who scored 50 and then took two catches in England's second innings, admitted the shortcomings today in Ricky Ponting's team.
"We've just got to fight our way back in the match," he said. "It's a funny game and you never know what's around the corner."