Stuart Broad, England’s pace bowler, has a “really good feeling” that England will win the first Test against New Zealand.
The hosts finished day three with 216-5, falling 61 runs short of their target of 277 at Lord’s.
England had been reduced to 69-4 on Saturday, but Joe Root’s 77 not out and captain Ben Stokes’ 54 turned the game around.
“It’s set up to be a brilliant morning and it’s up to us to do everything we can to get over the line,” said Broad.
Following a 90-run stand with Stokes, former captain Root shared an unbroken 57-run stand with wicketkeeper Ben Foakes, who is nine not out.
“I’ve got a really good feeling about tomorrow. Joe Root is one of England’s best-ever batsmen and Foakesy settled really nicely. Then it will be up to the lower order to find a way to chase these runs,” added Broad.
England’s comeback with the bat on the third afternoon was the latest twist in an unpredictable Test. New Zealand recovered from 45-7 in their first innings to reach 132 before bowling England out for 141.
Starting the third day on 236-4, the Black Caps had the chance to bat England out of the game, only to lose their final six wickets for 34 runs. Broad’s over started the collapse, with England taking three wickets in as many balls.
Daryl Mitchell was caught behind on 108, followed by Colin de Grandhomme being run out by Ollie Pope’s direct hit, and Kyle Jamieson being bowled off his pad.
“Going to bed last night, I felt as if we might have let the game get too far away,” said the 35-year-old Broad, playing in his 153rd Test.
“If New Zealand had a great hour and a half this morning, we were certainly up against it. We couldn’t have done any better. It was dream world for us. It’s given us a fighting chance.”
England, who are playing their first Test under new captain Stokes and coach Brendon McCullum, are looking to improve on a run in which they have won only one of their previous 17 Tests.
A single wicket would expose a long tail, but former captain Michael Vaughan believes the hosts are favorites to win.
“England have shown great character. It’s always hard to win when you’ve only won one game in 17. It would send a huge amount of positivity, having arrived with not much of a chance on day three. For Brendon McCullum and Ben Stokes to get a win would be huge,” he told Test Match Special.