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Broad belief as he faces fitness fight to make Mumbai Test

By Chris Stocks

Published 21/11/2016

Broad hope: Stuart Broad believes England can save second Test today
Broad hope: Stuart Broad believes England can save second Test today

Stuart Broad believes the Second Test against India can still be saved despite the late loss yesterday of Alastair Cook - as long as England's other batsmen follow the lead of their captain.

England start the final day this morning on 87 for two and needing to bat out a minimum of 90 more overs to deny India a victory that will give them a 1-0 series lead going into the final three Tests.

The dismissal of Cook to the last ball of the fourth day of this match, trapped lbw by Ravindra Jadeja after he batted for 188 balls for his 54, hit hopes of a great escape despite a fine rearguard that has seen England already negotiate 60 overs for the loss of just two wickets.

But Broad is still confident the tourists can deny India's bowlers on a wearing final-day pitch to pull of a famous draw.

"We played with a lot of skill and a lot of fight," he said. "We are still in this Test match. It's always disappointing when you lose a wicket in the final over, especially someone as dogged and strong as Cooky.

"We batted 60 overs for two wickets, it gives us a lot of encouragement. The way he went about it. The calmness and courage he showed set that precedent - we've got to follow his lead.

"We've certainly got the characters and the players and depth of batting. Everyone believes it can be done."

Broad's seconds-innings figures of four for 33 were his best in India.

But he is likely to miss the Third Test with the injury to his right foot that saw him bowl through the pain barrier today.

The 30-year-old has revealed he will wear a moon boot in a bid to get fit for the fourth Test in Mumbai starting on December 9.

"The foot is sore but I have got to play a Test, haven't I?" said Broad. "As a fast bowler you have got to have niggles. It's all part of the job. I'll get a moon boot on it to offload the Test match for a few days. I believe everyone reacts differently."

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