ENGLAND batsman Jonathan Trott last night denied that his team has been too sluggish in pushing for a win in the second Test against New Zealand, insisting they can grab victory on what threatens to be a rain-soaked final day at Headingley.
Having ended on 158-6 at stumps, 309 runs behind England, New Zealand resume with four wickets remaining – though a bleak weather forecast could see play disrupted and England’s charge to victory derailed.
Captain Alastair Cook finally declared on 287-5 yesterday, 25 minutes after lunch, and England were faced with accusations of being timid and at times batting too slowly.
“I think we’re in a good position – this is five days of cricket,” Trott said.
“I think we’re in a pretty good spot. If we get a few hours [more play], we win the game. We’re really happy with where we are and we’ve played well.
“Hopefully we get a couple of hours play and can do the business.”
England began yesterday on 116-1, with Cook reaching 130 before being caught by Tim Southee at mid-off.
Ian Bell went before lunch, while Trott and Joe Root both fell in the five overs after the break, England finally declaring once 467 runs ahead.
The first 20 overs of New Zealand’s second innings saw three wickets fall, as Stuart Broad struck before spinner Graeme Swann took a pair before tea.
The tourists stuck in for another 22 overs without loss but, with the light fading, were undone by a bouncer from Steven Finn, while Swann pounced to take two more wickets.