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

Broad achieves honours board double

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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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  • JG2704 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.

  • Tlotoxl 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.

  • jmcilhinney 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.

  • jmcilhinney 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.

  • jmcilhinney 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.

  • TestIP 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!

  • Aussasinator 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.

  • JG2704 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

  • JG2704 on May 18, 2012, 12:57 GMT

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

  • voma 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 .

  • JG2704 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.

  • Tlotoxl 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.

  • jmcilhinney 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.

  • jmcilhinney 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.

  • jmcilhinney 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.

  • TestIP 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!

  • Aussasinator 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.

  • JG2704 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

  • JG2704 on May 18, 2012, 12:57 GMT

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

  • voma 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 .

  • bigwonder on May 18, 2012, 12:29 GMT

    So Broad (IPL reject) finally gets his career best in his hometown conditions. And what did they call Sheway? Oh yeah, flat track bully, lol. Crickinfo please publish.

  • satish619chandar on May 18, 2012, 12:21 GMT

    Simple mantra doing wonder on two careers.. Siddle and Broad benefitted leaps and bounds bowling fuller length and are now simply rocking.. Hope some bowlers like Ishant can easily learn from their success..

  • on May 18, 2012, 10:20 GMT

    @Munkeymomo, I do think Zaheer Kahn would make it into the England squad; if Anderson was injured. He's able to swing it both ways, be a left-arm seamer who CAN open the bowling and CAN bat.

  • PrasPunter on May 18, 2012, 9:39 GMT

    @PGSGimson , good enumeration on your bowling stock, that. So to try my hand, Hilfy, Siddle, Harris, Pattinson, Cummins, Ben Cutting, Couter-Nile, M Starc , Lyon.. wow that makes quite a list right ? I dont think our stocks are bad either to have an import from the UK.

  • VillageBlacksmith on May 18, 2012, 9:25 GMT

    @aussasinator.. ''what the Aussies will do to you in the Ashes''... When the magnificent Broad was not playing it was the Melbourne comedy festival 98 all out.. So not sure what your point is. 517/1d sums up your hapless mob. And now with no mcdermott even the 'for 1' will be a struggle! ; )

  • PrasPunter on May 18, 2012, 9:06 GMT

    Though an Aussie, am with @Ben Tumility. I have always liked the English atleast for one reason - they value Test cricket unlike india, who are happy to have movie stars , politicians and all and sundry to have a stake in their cricket and content with the WWE-equivalent of cricket.

  • Tom_Bowler on May 18, 2012, 9:05 GMT

    The switch finally flicked for Broad midway through last summer, the tendency to ignore what worked in favour of putrid machismo has been put to bed and the promise has now been fulfilled. 54 wickets at under 22 in his last 12 Tests attest to that. The only thing that can hold him back now is his body, he does seem to pick up strains and tears with worrying regularity. Of course he needed to up his game with the depth of talent England have; Bresnan, Finn and Onions scrapping for one place in this game, Tremlett in the wings when he's fit again, Brooks and Coles picking up wickets for the Lions, Woakes and Harris just a bit further back in the queue and youngsters like Tymal Mills making their first steps. An embarrassment of riches indeed particularly when contrasted with some international attacks; still relying on the same old failures, desperately hoping they might eventually come good.

  • JG2704 on May 18, 2012, 8:52 GMT

    I'm trying to ignore the junk comms from the usual suspects and if Broad was flimsy then he'd have given up when Yuvraj hit him for 6x6 in an over in a T20 WC match , rather than going on to become our best paceman over all 3 formats. Maybe those should not judge others by their own standards. My biggest concern re Broad is that he is injury prone. A fully fit Broad , I'd have in my side every day of the week. Congratulations Mr Broad

  • PGSGimson on May 18, 2012, 8:48 GMT

    RandyOz - you're right. Eng have really lack of bowling depth. Only have 6 bowlers ranked in the top 25! Apart from Broad, Anderson and Swann (ranked in top 10) we only have Bresnan (18th) Tremlet (23rd) and Finn (25). Monty is a lowly 33rd! That's also leaving out Onions who has been injured for the last year and has 28 test match wickets at an average of 30

    By my count, thats 8 quality bowlers. How many do you need to have good depth in the bowling department?? If you want any more just look at what the youngsters in the lions did to WI in the warm up game.

    Any of these bowlers would be pushing for a place, and probably getting one, in the Aus team.

  • rahulcricket007 on May 18, 2012, 8:33 GMT

    @BEN TUMILITY . THERE WOULD HAVE BEEN VERY BIG IMPACT . GAYLE IS STROKE PLAYER & CAN EASILY TORN BOWLING ALL OVER THE GROUND . ALSO I M QUITE SURE NARINE WOULD HAVE BEEN BAMBOOZLE ENGLISH PLAYERS .

  • rahulcricket007 on May 18, 2012, 8:30 GMT

    @LMAOSETUNG & MONKEYMOMO . BECAUSE WE KNEW THAT ENGLAND BOWLERS WILL GET THRASHED IN INDIA LIKE THEY ALWAYS HAVE .

  • RandyOZ on May 18, 2012, 8:07 GMT

    Well played by Broad. Certainly showing his teamates how to do it. If it wasnt for the lack of depth in the English bowling ranks Swann and Bresnan wouldn't be there. How terrible was Swann today? Was painful to watch even for an Aussie.

  • Munkeymomo on May 18, 2012, 7:42 GMT

    @Lmaosetung yeah it'll never end, if the bowlers do well in India they'll find something else to moan about but you're right, it's just jelousy as India don't have a fast bowler who would make the England performance squad, let alone the Lions or Senior team.

  • Percy_Fender on May 18, 2012, 7:40 GMT

    Broad is a good bowler without a doubt. He has decent pace,and a fast bowler's variations to go with them. Add to that his fighting attitude and you have a good fast bowler. He is also a thinking type of cricketer. So most Englishmen will be pretty aggressive if anyone writes against him. So in all fairness I would say he is a a very useful cricketer like his father used to be. And for all Australians who like to trifle his efforts, let me tell you that it will be probably be him more than Anderson who is going to truly get under their skin come Ashes time.He is specially good at Lord's as the Indians saw last summer. Incidentally he also has the rub of the green going in his favour at Lord's.

  • brittop on May 18, 2012, 7:21 GMT

    @Lamsalsandesh: You really want to make that point - it's on every board I've seen today! I'll just ask - how well did WI do when those players were in the team?

  • on May 18, 2012, 6:48 GMT

    The blue android - he can reverse it as well you know... He's also bowled in India, 1 test match, got the wickets of Sehwag and Dravid. He's not a one trick pony mate, he doest JUST swing it, he uses slower balls, variation on the crease, etc. You just keep worrying about India fella, concentrate on what's happening in your own back yard with your youngsters' technique going to pot thanks to the hit and giggle IPL, we'll watch our players play test cricket!

  • Lmaotsetung on May 18, 2012, 6:41 GMT

    As always....it's wait til you come to India. I guess it's a slight change from "wait til you get to the sub-continent" since Eng bowling attack has shown what it can do in asia this past winter but there'll always be the non believes or more importantly the jealous ones. Btw granted there was swing on this pitch, it was a slowish pitch and far from a greentop. If some of you actually watch the match or know anything about cricket, pitch was white as milk! Moisture from persistent rain previous days and overcast sky made the ball swing...not the pitch itself

  • the_blue_android on May 18, 2012, 6:11 GMT

    Good bowler in swinging conditions no doubt. A trip to India though will end his career(if he does play in the India series). Pitching it up at 130 KMPH on dead pitches with no swing or seam. Even domestic Indian batsmen will eat him alive. Remember what happened to the star bowlers Flintoff, Anderson and Harmison?

  • jmcilhinney on May 18, 2012, 5:47 GMT

    @Aussasinator on (May 18 2012, 03:50 AM GMT), "Wonder ... what the Aussies will do to you in the Ashes." Probably what they did last time: get out for low scores.

  • Aussasinator on May 18, 2012, 3:50 GMT

    Your pace has come down a lot mate. Wonder how long you will last and what the Aussies will do to you in the Ashes. Hope you dont run away and report injured!

  • landl47 on May 18, 2012, 3:25 GMT

    It's easy to forget, because he has been around so long, but Broad is still only 25. He had to learn to be a bowler while he was playing test cricket, so his figures for the first 2 or 3 years of his career weren't great. Over the last couple of years he has begun to come into his own and his average has steadily dropped. Now he understands much better what he is able to do and how to do it. He and Anderson make a good opening pair; we just need Finn, with his extra pace and bounce, to make it a dominating attack. Bresnan bowled well without luck today, but Finn is the future, once he has a little more experience and strength. With a crop of bowlers even younger than Finn coming along (like 21-year old Coles, who just got 6 wickets in the match against the WI for the Lions), the future looks good.

  • KathmanduNepalSandeshLamsal on May 18, 2012, 3:13 GMT

    just bring all the performer gayle,bravo,russel,smith,sarwan,ben quick to the w.indies team other wise it will be toooo late that there will be any w.indies supporter left for the team.

    and the blame will be to the GIBSON.

    just fire "GIBSON"..............so sick of him and current policy of w.indies board.

  • on May 18, 2012, 1:19 GMT

    becoming as good as Anderson , keep working hard

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  • on May 18, 2012, 1:19 GMT

    becoming as good as Anderson , keep working hard

  • KathmanduNepalSandeshLamsal on May 18, 2012, 3:13 GMT

    just bring all the performer gayle,bravo,russel,smith,sarwan,ben quick to the w.indies team other wise it will be toooo late that there will be any w.indies supporter left for the team.

    and the blame will be to the GIBSON.

    just fire "GIBSON"..............so sick of him and current policy of w.indies board.

  • landl47 on May 18, 2012, 3:25 GMT

    It's easy to forget, because he has been around so long, but Broad is still only 25. He had to learn to be a bowler while he was playing test cricket, so his figures for the first 2 or 3 years of his career weren't great. Over the last couple of years he has begun to come into his own and his average has steadily dropped. Now he understands much better what he is able to do and how to do it. He and Anderson make a good opening pair; we just need Finn, with his extra pace and bounce, to make it a dominating attack. Bresnan bowled well without luck today, but Finn is the future, once he has a little more experience and strength. With a crop of bowlers even younger than Finn coming along (like 21-year old Coles, who just got 6 wickets in the match against the WI for the Lions), the future looks good.

  • Aussasinator on May 18, 2012, 3:50 GMT

    Your pace has come down a lot mate. Wonder how long you will last and what the Aussies will do to you in the Ashes. Hope you dont run away and report injured!

  • jmcilhinney on May 18, 2012, 5:47 GMT

    @Aussasinator on (May 18 2012, 03:50 AM GMT), "Wonder ... what the Aussies will do to you in the Ashes." Probably what they did last time: get out for low scores.

  • the_blue_android on May 18, 2012, 6:11 GMT

    Good bowler in swinging conditions no doubt. A trip to India though will end his career(if he does play in the India series). Pitching it up at 130 KMPH on dead pitches with no swing or seam. Even domestic Indian batsmen will eat him alive. Remember what happened to the star bowlers Flintoff, Anderson and Harmison?

  • Lmaotsetung on May 18, 2012, 6:41 GMT

    As always....it's wait til you come to India. I guess it's a slight change from "wait til you get to the sub-continent" since Eng bowling attack has shown what it can do in asia this past winter but there'll always be the non believes or more importantly the jealous ones. Btw granted there was swing on this pitch, it was a slowish pitch and far from a greentop. If some of you actually watch the match or know anything about cricket, pitch was white as milk! Moisture from persistent rain previous days and overcast sky made the ball swing...not the pitch itself

  • on May 18, 2012, 6:48 GMT

    The blue android - he can reverse it as well you know... He's also bowled in India, 1 test match, got the wickets of Sehwag and Dravid. He's not a one trick pony mate, he doest JUST swing it, he uses slower balls, variation on the crease, etc. You just keep worrying about India fella, concentrate on what's happening in your own back yard with your youngsters' technique going to pot thanks to the hit and giggle IPL, we'll watch our players play test cricket!

  • brittop on May 18, 2012, 7:21 GMT

    @Lamsalsandesh: You really want to make that point - it's on every board I've seen today! I'll just ask - how well did WI do when those players were in the team?

  • Percy_Fender on May 18, 2012, 7:40 GMT

    Broad is a good bowler without a doubt. He has decent pace,and a fast bowler's variations to go with them. Add to that his fighting attitude and you have a good fast bowler. He is also a thinking type of cricketer. So most Englishmen will be pretty aggressive if anyone writes against him. So in all fairness I would say he is a a very useful cricketer like his father used to be. And for all Australians who like to trifle his efforts, let me tell you that it will be probably be him more than Anderson who is going to truly get under their skin come Ashes time.He is specially good at Lord's as the Indians saw last summer. Incidentally he also has the rub of the green going in his favour at Lord's.