Nottinghamshire ended a tough third day at Edgbaston still 178 runs away from making the home side bat again, after being made to follow-on against Warwickshire.
The hosts declared their first innings closed on 391 for nine but then dismissed Notts for only 97 in reply.
Second time around, Notts have reached stumps on 116 for one, with Ben Duckett on 71 and Chris Nash unbeaten on 26.
Head Coach Peter Moores praised the start his side have made to their second innings but said the first innings performance needs to be looked at.
“Credit to how Duckett and Nash played there,” said Moores. “They played well. We’ll address our first innings at the end of the game but at the moment we’ve got to look at what is on front of us and that is to bat tomorrow and come out of the game with a draw.”
Jeetan Patel was the chief architect in Nottinghamshire’s lowly opening score, taking 6-16. He then removed Ben Slater for 15 in the second innings.
“He’s a good bowler and it is a surface that we knew would deteriorate,” reflected Moores. “It’s still good enough to bat on. We’ve seen that with how the lads have batted in the second innings. It’s very frustrating that didn’t happen in the first innings, so the key is to come back with a clear mind, get two people in again and we have to bat well. The pitch is good enough to bat on,” he said.
“Yes, there some good balls in there. In the first innings some of the lads got some decent balls and some others will be disappointed with some of the shots they played, so we’ve got to be clear and be focused on what we can do in the game and that’s to come out of the game with a draw and then address any other issues after the game.”
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