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Nervous Broad expects thrilling finish as opener reaches climax


England's Stuart Broad

England's Stuart Broad


England's Stuart Broad

Stuart Broad believes the thrilling finale that awaits England and Bangladesh on the final morning of the first Test in Chittagong will be one of the most nerve-wracking finishes of his career.

But he claimed the tourists were happy to walk off at the end of an engrossing fourth day's play which saw Bangladesh close on 253 for eight in pursuit of 286 for a momentous victory.

With Bangladesh needing 33 runs and England two wickets, the opener is still on a knife-edge. Broad said: "I'm glad the Test has been this exciting. I don't think anyone likes 600 v 600. Everyone is drawn tight and exciting Test cricket.

"I've been fortunate to play 99 Tests and this would certainly be in my top five of nerve-wracking finishes. It shows how far Bangladesh cricket has come. They have some high-quality players but we're in a big battle and we need to come out on top.

"It's a bit of a shame the game didn't finish (on Sunday) - there was excitement, a lot of noise from the crowd but from our point of view we're quite happy coming back."

Belfast Telegraph