Stuart Broad delighted with England's bowlers on day three against New Zealand

Last Updated: 16/03/13 1:30pm

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Stuart Broad was delighted to return to form as England made New Zealand follow-on on day three at Wellington's Basin Reserve.

Broad finished with 6-51 as England bowled the Kiwis out for 254 and were therefore able to enforce the follow-on, despite half-centuries from the prolific Brendon McCullum (69) and BJ Watling (60).

They fared much better, on the way to 77-1, second time around in the evening session - and with bad weather threatening, England will have to bowl very well again if they are to go 1-0 up with one to play.

"We had a discussion this morning that we were going to try to go at under three an over," said Broad.

"If we managed to do that, we'd build enough pressure to get some wickets.

"I'm delighted to have picked up 'five-for' in a Test match, but more importantly to have bowled New Zealand out to be able to enforce the follow-on - and I hope we'll get some early wickets tomorrow."

England had no option but to put their hosts back in again, with the remnants of Cyclone Sandra set to hit Wellington late on Sunday before a deluge on Monday.

"With the weather around, it was important to be able to enforce that," said Broad. "It's not often enforced, because the bowlers tend to like a bit of a rest, and it's good to get their batsmen back out in the field and build a big lead with scoreboard pressure.

"But with the (weather) radar around, it's really unsure how much cricket will be left in the next two days. That was the only reason behind it.

"It will be a 'reset' tomorrow, build patience because it's still a very good batting wicket. There's not a lot there, especially for the seamers."

Watling - one of Broad's six wickets - praised Broad's display but is hoping tiredness among the England attack will be a factor on day four when New Zealand continue their follow-on.

"He bowled well, didn't he?," said Watling. "He put us under pressure, bowled good lengths and asked questions.

"We've got to assess that for the second innings and hopefully he's a bit tired tomorrow and we have to grind him down.

"Their bowlers have bowled quite a lot of overs now so the longer we keep them out there, they get tired and start giving us balls to hit, then we can put the pressure back on them.

"We are disappointed with our first innings, we needed 350 at least on that, but if we can rectify that and put them under pressure with 350-400, a lead of 200 on that track could be quite defendable."

Sister act

"It will be a 'reset' tomorrow, build patience because it's still a very good batting wicket. There's not a lot there, especially for the seamers."
Stuart Broad

Broad credited his conscientious sister Gemma - who works as England's video analyst - for his upturn in form.

Eagle-eyed Gemma's dedication to sifting through footage provided her brother with all the evidence he needed to identify and eradicate a technical glitch he believes was responsible for a loss of pace and accuracy.

"It was just looking at footage coming into this Test series," he said. "I got Gemma to get me all my Test wickets (on video) from 2010, and there was quite a big difference from where I was bowling a year ago - mid-crease - to throughout (last) summer, when I was very tight.

"It was a bit of a technical issue I was falling into, a bit of a bad habit, and I've managed to put that right.

"A lot of it is to do with just coming that bit wider on the crease. I got into a bad habit of getting too tight to the stumps, which meant my feet were crossed. I ended up having to push the ball straight.

"Now from a bit wider, I can really attack the stumps, and I don't think I'm as easy to leave."

An easing of the heel injury that forced him home early from the pre-Christmas tour of India has also helped.

"I managed to get my heel right over Christmas, and it's nice to be able to attack the crease with confidence - knowing 10 times your body weight is going through your heel, and it can withstand it," he added.

"It's it's almost getting used to the impact again, and touch wood I've not felt it for about two-and-a-half weeks. That's really encouraging and I feel confident - like I can tear in, and my speeds are pretty good as well."

Stiff back

Broad's pace colleague James Anderson spent a short time off the field in the final session, with a stiff back.

But he was still able to get through his share of overs, and England are optimistic he will be fine for Sunday.

Broad said: "I think he's okay. He's just torn into that wind for 20 overs and it's taken it out of him a little bit.

"This wind, howling through, can stiffen the body up quite badly. So it's about keeping mobile."

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