England v West Indies, 1st Test, Lord's, 1st day May 17, 2012

Broad achieves honours board double


Stuart Broad became the fifth England cricketer - and seventh overall - to appear on both Test honours boards at Lord's for his country, as his late surge on the opening day against West Indies gave his team control. Broad has the one remaining wicket of the innings to secure a career-best seven-wicket haul as his Test tally leapt past the 150-mark.

Broad already had his name on the batting honours board after his 169 against Pakistan in 2010, a Test that will forever be remembered for the spot-fixing controversy. Now he slots in alongside Ian Botham, Andrew Flintoff, Ray Illingworth and Gubby Allen as the England cricketers to claim a spot with bat and ball. It is elite company. The two overseas names are Vinoo Mankad and Keith Miller, although Garry Sobers achieved the feat for the Rest of the World.

It feels a lifetime ago that Broad was fighting for his England Test place, but it was only the last time they played at Lord's. That match against India turned Broad's fortunes around and he has not looked back, with injuries providing the only cloud. He missed the previous Test against Sri Lanka, in Colombo, with a calf strain and admitted he did not feel at his best leading into this match during his two Championship appearances for Nottinghamshire, where he took four wickets against Lancashire and Middlesex.

Neither, he said in an honest assessment of his bowling, did he start ideally after Andrew Strauss had put West Indies in - something that immediately puts the pressure on the new-ball bowlers. He did not overly threaten during the morning but hit his stride during the final session, firstly with the older ball and then with the new one.

"I struggled a bit at Old Trafford and Trent Bridge with the stride patterns. I'm not sure if that's to do with the wet ground but it didn't feel quite right," he said. "But in training here and today it felt really good. I didn't start too well today - eight overs for 30 was a bit expensive - but I was able to drag my length back which made it harder to drive and that's something, maybe, a few years ago I didn't have the experience to do."

The upward curve in Broad's day could be traced to an action-packed few deliveries shortly after lunch when a no-ball was spotted by the DRS which ultimately gave Broad a seventh delivery that removed Adrian Barath courtesy of a juggling catch in the gully.

"I crept close to the line for no reason," he said. "Thank god it was not-out anyway and we didn't lose a review otherwise I'd have got some stick. It's unforgivable bowling no-balls so I need to stop. The bonus of the wicket was good but not running 20 more yards."

Broad's late success gave him the stand-out figures on the scorecard but James Anderson was the most consistent of the pace-bowling trio with another display of his exemplary skills. He completely foxed Kieran Powell and his dismissal of Kirk Edwards was not a surprise either. He and Broad form a formidable partnership; on another day the wickets column will read the opposite way around.

"Jimmy was fantastic this morning," Broad said. "That session he had batsmen in all sorts of trouble; lots of away swingers, then the first inswinger he tries it's hitting. That's the experience of the guy now."

With such low expectations of West Indies' batting heading into the series it may be viewed as a missed opportunity not to dismiss them in the day, but nine wickets was more than England themselves had budgeted for on a surface that started slow but gained pace.

"In the first 45 overs it felt there was a bit difference in carry from the Pavilion End were it kissed through but bowling up the hill it died a little bit," Broad explained. "Bressy did a lot of overs holding up that end while Jimmy could let it fly. Winning the toss and bowling is always, 'Can you bowl them out for 100'? But we talked at the start that Lord's is never like that and it's a bit of a patience game.

"We aimed for seven wickets in the day if we could keep them tight like we had done during the winter. We probably didn't start as well as we could have done by the standards we set - certainly myself, I probably got driven too much - but that came from the wicket being a lot slower than we imagined so we searched for a nick. As the wicket got a bit quicker you could settle into a better length and to pick up nine we are delighted, but Shiv [Chanderpaul] has played very well and we don't want him to get a hundred."

Andrew McGlashan is an assistant editor at ESPNcricinfo

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  • John on May 18, 2012, 17:52 GMT

    @Tlotoxl on (May 18 2012, 15:23 PM GMT) - The caps lock king can't help himself I'm afraid. I do actually think we will have a hard time in India but you would think that fans of a country who have just lost 2 away series by whitewash - most tests by inns and even failed to qualify for 2 finals in 3/4 team ODIs would stop throwing stones until they got some protection on their glass houses. Unfortunately not.

  • Luke on May 18, 2012, 15:23 GMT

    to the Indian fan that say "wait to you get to india..." thats what they said about touring Aus last time and look what happened, Aus got thrashed 3-1 and that flattered Aus. England had virtually no experiance in sub-continant conditions and got better with each match over the winter (unlike India who were frankly pathetic last year from first test against Eng to last against Aus) England now have some experiance now in playing in those conditions and will be more prepared than they have been for a long time.

  • John on May 18, 2012, 14:55 GMT

    @RandyOZ, good to see that you continue to demonstrate your lack of cricket knowledge. Day 1 of the first Test match of an English season is not the time you'd expect any spinner to have a significant impact, yet Swann still performed better than Nathan Lyon did in the first innings of the first Test of Australia's last series in WI, which was played on a far more spin-friendly pitch. Swann's economy rate was 2.88 and, while he didn't finish with a wicket, he produced many close calls and, but for the lack of a review, he shoulda, woulda, coulda had the prize scalp of Chanderpaul. Compare that to Lyon's economy rate of 3.03 and the single wicket of Roach in about 70% more overs in the corresponding innings. I seem to recall that Lyon didn't take a wicket in the second innings of that match either. Maybe that painful feeling you have is from remembering that "world class" performance.

  • John on May 18, 2012, 14:45 GMT

    @bigwonder on (May 18 2012, 12:29 PM GMT), while I don't judge a player's worth by whether or not he's been rejected by the IPL, and it shows how narrow your view of world cricket is that you do, the fact is that Broad wasn't rejected by the IPL anyway. As others have said, he was contracted both of the last two seasons but was unable to play due to injury.

  • John on May 18, 2012, 14:29 GMT

    @TestIP on (May 18 2012, 13:44 PM GMT), it seems like maybe you haven't seen those guys averages. Kirk Edwards' average was over 50 before this game.

  • Fawad on May 18, 2012, 13:44 GMT

    Anyone will look like a star bowler against a bias WI selectors for chooses batsmen who can hardly bat. I am not sure what the selectors are doing. WI entire management and selector panel should be fired to save cricket WI. Did you see what Chris Gayle is doing in the IPL....Who is KOA Powell and Kirk Edwards? Did u see these guys average. Darren Sammy should not even make the WI team. WI test team should be Gayle, Bharat, Sarwan, Chanderpaul, Darren Bravo, Dwayne Bravo, Ramdin, Bishoo, Andre Russel, Roach and Edwards....Try this and see the difference!

  • Subba on May 18, 2012, 13:05 GMT

    @VillageBlacksmith and jmcilchinney. Dear mates, that is exactly what I want to happen to the Aussies, especially their meek top 4 batsmen, who are sitting ducks for the rising ball and the moving ball. But to make sure it happens, they have to find a way to play the aggressive, fast ( and mostly abusive) Steve Finn to open alongwith Anderson. His bouncy pace will quickly account for the likes of Ponting and Clarke, if Anderson doesnt get them anyway.As for the Oz openers - do they have a set at all? I'm here to "Aussasinate" the Aussies and my remarks were more out of anxiety in regard to my cause.

  • John on May 18, 2012, 13:00 GMT

    @Rich Downes on (May 18 2012, 10:20 AM GMT) Who knows weather Zaheer would make it into the Eng squad , but you say he can bat. He averages a run more than Jimmy Anderson and no one's ever had Jimmy in the side because he can hold a bat

  • John on May 18, 2012, 12:57 GMT

    @VillageBlacksmith on (May 18 2012, 09:25 AM GMT) Mcdermott?

  • joel on May 18, 2012, 12:31 GMT

    Honestly you have got to laugh at some of the comments posted on here , especially from some of the aussies . Broad was brilliant yesterday , and i do believe he has done it to India and Australia before . Definetly in the top 5 best fast bowlers now .

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