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May 17, 2012
Stuart Broad's five-wicket haul meant he is now on both honours boards at Lord's
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."
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