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Stuart Broad believes nightwatchman James Andeson’s stiff back will not impede his batting tomorrow.

Anderson twice left the field for treatment while Sri Lanka were building a total of 400 on day two of the first npower Test at Cardiff, but emerged after Andrew Strauss was out in the last over as England closed on 47 for one.

Anderson was the pick of the hosts’ attack today, earning figures of 3-66 from 28 probing overs, and Broad expects him to play a frustrating role - as he did here when helping to save the game against Australia in 2009.

"It is one of the frustrating injuries as a bowler. Hopefully it will just be a little tightness," said Broad, who left the World Cup early with a side problem.

"Jimmy is not feeling pain when he's batting and hopefully he'll have one of those frustrating hours tomorrow when he wears a few but gets it away.

James Anderson

Stuart Broad said nightwatchman James Anderson, who has a stiff back, "is not feeling pain when he's batting"

"With my side injury I could do pretty much everything but bowl. An extensive pull shot might strain it or something but we don't really see Jimmy playing a huge amount of them, he's more of a clip to fine-leg man."

Broad, 24, brought up the milestone of 100 Test wickets when he removed Thisara Perera, becoming the second youngest England player to do so after Ian Botham.

He preferred not to dwell on the achievement for long, instead focusing on England's prospects of winning the match from a difficult position.

"I felt in really good rhythm to be honest," he added. "I'd prefer it to have come at 90 for one not 300-and-odd for eight, but it was hard work out there.

"I actually thought we bowled pretty well and stayed together. It would have been easy to get quite ragged this afternoon but we did pretty well, created chances and had four or five pretty decent lbw shouts and a few nicks that didn't go to hand."

Using Australia's performance two years ago as a template, Broad insists an England win is still possible.

"I think we're in a pretty good position. If we can bat big and bat once we have a chance of winning this Test match," he said.

"We got 435 against Australia in 2009 and we were under the pump for the last 120 overs. That's got to be our mindset really - do what Australia did to us, try and bat big and bat once then hopefully Swanny (Graeme Swann) will be in the game on the last day.

Stuart Broad & Thisara Perera

Broad makes Thisara Perera his 100th Test wicket and is the second youngest England player to do so after Ian Botham

"Tomorrow morning is going to be a key moment in the game. It's important we get through that session tomorrow morning and build big partnerships. Having watched the guys in Australia, we know we can do that."

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