Joe Root is confident that England would go for a win against New Zealand on Day 5 of the second Test at Headingley on Tuesday.
Rain had the final say on Day 4 as it washed out the rest of the day's play post lunch. England could play only 13 overs in their fourth innings on Monday. Earlier, the Kiwis had set the host a target of 454 runs. England were 44 for the loss of no wickets at the end of Day 4.
Root felt that if rain did not play spoilsport then England would have scored few more runs on Day 4 and the batsmen could have taken on the attack on the final day.
"There's quite a bit of work to do but we've got an opportunity to do something special. Rain has made it a bit harder, but we've got every intention of going out tomorrow with a view to winning the game," Root told reporters after the end of day's play on Monday.
England still need 411 runs on the final day of the second Test match. No team other than West Indies have chased down a target of more than 400 runs in a fourth innings of any Test match. West Indies achieved the feat against Australia in St. John's Antigua when had chased 418 runs back in 2002.
England will resume the finals day's play with first innings centurion Adam Lyth batting on 24 runs from 29 balls and England skipper Alastair Cook batting on 18 from 49 balls. If England at all goes for the victory and aims a whitewash, then they cannot afford to lose wickets at intervals.
New Zealand batsmen did really well to outclass the English bowlers in the former's second innings. BJ Watling's century and Mark Craig's half century towards the end of the innings powered the Kiwis to a commanding total of 454 for eight.
"Credit to the way they (New Zealand) came out and played (here) — they played really well. Watling played an exceptional knock, and towards the end they probably got a hundred more than we'd have liked really," added Root.
An exciting day of Test match cricket is up as England, as suggested by Root, are likely to sport an attacking brand of cricket and go "all guns blazing" for the victory against New Zealand.