England are level with West Indies © AFP
England are level with West Indies © AFP

West Indies pulled a rabbit out of the hat, taking the second Test against England to level the 3-Test series 1-1. With everything to play for at Lord’s, England will be eager for its big guns to step up and take charge against a charged-up West Indies side. Stuart Broad is one such English stalwart who finds the final Test of the series a do-or-die affair for the hosts.

Writing exclusively for DailyMail, Broad wrote, “Lord’s has now become do or die. Yes, we’d rather have wrapped up the series by now, but to be pitched into a high-pressure battle in our last Test before the Gabba on November 23 is no bad thing. Not only is a series up for grabs, but there’s a chance for guys to book a place on the flight to Australia. It’s exciting.”

He also sounded a tad disappointed about the loss at Headingley. “We’re frustrated we lost, and we know we made some serious mistakes, but huge credit must go to West Indies for the way they fought back after Edgbaston. We never got sucked into the argument that they were ripe for another beating after that first Test. Sometimes, when one team gets on a roll — like we did on that third day when 19 wickets fell at Edgbaston — it can be hard for the other team to stop,” Broad explained.

Broad also opined about Joe Root’s declaration. “In my book, Joe got the declaration spot on. It wasn’t his fault the bowlers didn’t take wickets and the fielders dropped catches. And it wasn’t his fault that the pitch didn’t deteriorate at all — it just got slower, as Dawid Malan showed by grinding out a valuable 61 in five hours.

And that meant Joe needed to tempt West Indies with a target that encouraged them to play a few shots and go on the drive. If they’d shut up shop, it would have been very hard to take 10 wickets. It was hard enough as it was!,” he added.