Liam Plunkett has urged England’s batsmen because they pursue Australia’s score of 497-8dec at the fourth Ashes Test at Old Trafford to perform positively on Friday.
211 crushed as he continued his own imperious streak together with England at stumps on day two of the competition, needing to get a draw out of the Exam to have some hope of regaining the Ashes.
Ben Stokes struck an unbeaten 135 to aid direct Joe Root side to some triumph in the next Test and Plunkett will be looking for a likewise gutsy performance from England this time around.
“They need to just appear and play their game. You can’t enter your shell, so you have to play favorably like Stokesy (Ben Stokes) did last game,” Plunkett told Sky Sports News.
“He batted smartly and when shots were there, he also required them.
“Hopefully some of the guys have something to prove and you need them to kick , kick and get massive countless such as Steve Smith did.”
Smith may have made batting look easy this show but runs are hard to come by for all, together using Plunkett – a ODI World Cup winner with England in July – emphasizing the quality of bowling on display this summer.
Plunkett added:”I think there’s been lots of very great bowling. Steve Smith and Ben Stokes have batted well but the series has been mastered in by bowlers.
“You can find some really class functions – Jofra (Archer) and Stuart Broad, (Chris) Woakes – and the Aussie bowlers are all’hit-the-pitch’ bowlers.
“It’s been hard to get runs but let us hope our boys come and get some big scores.”
Surrey bowler Plunkett isn’t convinced England have to settle for a draw Manchester only yet and instead urged staff and the players to estimate the match position.
“I think we have to simply come out, play some great cricket and find out where this takes us,” he explained.
“Hopefully [England can] get a great score and proceed into the dressing area and reassess.”