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“This team has done some special things in the last three or four years and we need something special over the next two days”
England pace bowler Stuart Broad has admitted that the national team have “obviously had a tough day” after Australia amassed a 369-run lead at the end of the third day of the third Test in Perth.
Broad himself had a “tough day” as he was rushed to hospital for an x-ray and MRI scan after being struck on the right foot by Australia left-arm pace bowler Mitchell Johnson while batting.
“We’ve obviously had a tough day,” Broad told Sky Sports. “Bit of a frustrating morning losing those wickets and then obviously Australia batted fantastically well, but we’ve still a lot of belief in the changing room that we can do something special in this game.
“There are still two days left in this game. This team has done some special things in the last three or four years and we need something special over the next two days.”
Broad also conceded that Australia’s bowling attack had done well to restrict England from making a massive first innings total after they got off to an outstanding start.
“We give a lot of credit to the Australian bowlers,” Broad said. “They are running hard at us and not letting us score easily. They have stuck to their plans and it is unlike England not to score a hundred.
“The guys are disappointed but we have to improve in the second innings here and for the rest of the series. There is a lot of belief that things will change for us.”