England v Pakistan, 4th npower Test, Lord's, 2nd day August 27, 2010

Trott and Broad lead epic recovery


England 346 for 7 (Trott 149*, Broad 125*, Amir 6-73) v Pakistan
Scorecard and ball-by-ball details

England staged one of the finest fightbacks seen in Test cricket as Jonathan Trott's magnificent hundred was follow by Stuart Broad's maiden first-class century, which became the highest score by an England No. 9, on a day of wonderfully fluctuating fortunes at Lord's. There was a dramatic start as Mohammad Amir took four wickets without conceding a run and when he added two more the hosts were 102 for 7, but Trott couldn't be shifted and alongside a resurgent Broad the pair added an unbroken 244 for the eighth-wicket to lead England to 346 for 7 from where they'll be confident of pushing for victory.

The partnership, which stands three runs away from setting a new England record for the eighth wicket and was also the best alliance of the series, came on the back of an unprecedented failure for the middle order. Never before had England's four, five and six been dismissed for ducks, as Amir ran riot under heavy cloud cover, and it was just the fifth time it had happened in Test history. However, by the end of the day that felt a distant memory after two outstanding centuries had hauled the home side off the floor. Broad's ton was just the third by an England No. 9 and when he reached 123 he passed Gubby Allen's record from 1931, while both he and Trott passed 1000 Test runs during their lengthy occupations.

Given the conditions and the position Trott faced after the collapse this innings has to rival his debut hundred against Australia as his finest hand and it was a model of how to build a Test innings when the ball dominates. Compared to his struggling team-mates Trott was rarely troubled which is a credit his technique and judgement because, at least during the first fifty, conditions remained heavily in favour of the bowlers. Unlike the others, who chased width or misjudged swing, Trott played late and tight to his body but when he did attack did so with conviction.

His driving was a particular highlight as he threaded gaps through the off side and punched straight back past the bowler, but his ability to work straight balls through midwicket meant there was no margin for error. He reached his hundred with a scampered single into the leg side - the partnership with Broad ran the fielders ragged - and he celebrated with justifiable excitement, which was matched by a relieved England balcony that had feared the worst a few hours earlier.

Broad's contribution, though, was equally immense as his batting revival which started last week at The Oval was carried to a new level and he finished as the dominant partner in the stand. He'd spent the early part of his innings regularly finding fielders with well-struck drives, but didn't let the frustration get to him and continued to keep the scoreboard ticking. He pulled Amir for six shortly before tea and tucked into a tiring attack during the final session.

He moved past his previous Test-best of 76 against South Africa in 2008 and into the 90s for just the second time in his first-class career, but managed to keep his composure as he lofted Saeed Ajmal over mid-off then tucked the first ball of Wahab Riaz's spell through midwicket to achieve what his father never did: a hundred at Lord's.

By now Pakistan were falling apart with misfields aplenty and a general lack of interest among many of the players. Salman Butt had gone on the defensive too early with England still in deep trouble after the seventh wicket fell and the support bowling of Riaz and Ajmal wasn't the same threat as at The Oval. Even when they thought the eighth-wicket stand had finally ended Ajmal's lbw against Broad was overturned.

It was an incredible turnaround by England who were lurching towards embarrassment during the morning session. The middle order was blown away in the blink of an eye as they slumped to 47 for 5 which included the first-ball dismissal of Kevin Pietersen.

Amir had three balls left in the interrupted over from the previous evening and he was in the action straight away when Cook edged a fine outswinger to Kamran Akmal. Most batsmen would have had a tough time in the conditions, but there was little excuse for Pietersen's horrid dismissal as he drove at a very wide delivery first ball and edged low to the wicketkeeper. He spoke yesterday about how his confidence has been 'hammered' in recent months and this was a shot to back-up those sentiments.

One of the great skills for a left-armer is to bring the ball back into the right-handers late to catch them on the crease and that's exactly how Amir dispatched Collingwood three balls later. He played half forward with bat and pad together and Billy Bowden initially declined the appeal, but Pakistan asked for a review and Hotspot showed contact with pad came fractionally before bat.

At this point England still hadn't added to their overnight score but Trott brought momentary relief with two boundaries off Mohammad Asif, the second a sweet cover drive which belied the difficulties batsmen were facing. However, in Amir's next over the slide resumed as Morgan's decline since his debut hundred continued when he edged low to second slip where Yasir Hameed held a sharp chance.

When Amir returned after lunch to remove Matt Prior, after a partial recovery in a stand of 55, and Graeme Swann reaching 150 would have been something of a success. The final outcome will have been beyond England's wildest expectations.

Andrew McGlashan is an assistant editor at Cricinfo

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  • karthik on August 29, 2010, 7:45 GMT

    where have all the pak fans gone now? to the hole again? look the turn of events in last 3 days.....I thiink its high time PCB is dissolved and Pakistan players banned by ICC. ( if ICC bans for life, they cant return to the the side after 3 months vacation)

  • Muneer on August 28, 2010, 11:48 GMT

    very stunning inning...............................

  • Matthew on August 28, 2010, 10:18 GMT

    What a parrnership! Was great to see the pakistani team congratulating them at the end too. Pathetic display again by the middle order though. I never thought I'd say this, but I can't wait for Ian bell to return!

    What a match this is shaping up to be!

  • Dummy4 on August 28, 2010, 10:09 GMT

    The fate was written as Broad and Trott marks there centuries against the world's best bowling attack.

  • usman on August 28, 2010, 10:04 GMT

    @ freddie didnt u watch the last match ? we ll see in the odi and t20 that englnd is better in all formats or not and 5 0 ashes prediction is rite but aus 5 and eng 0 :p

  • Jerry on August 28, 2010, 9:54 GMT

    *sigh*, some of the comments on here about England here (particularly from AK47 and others) show the usual mix of jingoistic hypocrisy and ignorance. Why were the lights turned on at 3? Because you can't tell how dark it is from the TV! How many times have commentators reminded viewers (over decades) that you can't tell how dark it truly is because light filters used on the cameras make it seem so much lighter. It's the light meters of the umpires that dictate when the lights come on or, as in most cricket around the world, when the players come off after being offered the light. Independents and Pakistan supporters should be grateful for the use of lights at Lords as it allowed play to continue. As for Australia winning 5 - 0, that was an England side beset with injury (as usual) and an Ozzy side containing the two bowlers that made them great. Without them, they are far less impressive. All this talk of 5 - 0 is just Ozzy windbaggery and a refusal to contemplate a side in decline.

  • Simon on August 28, 2010, 9:53 GMT

    Talk about over-reacting! Two bad sessions and suddenly Pakistan are the worst team in the world. The last test may never have happened. The thing is sometimes in cricket, no matter what you do, two batsmen will come together, play brilliantly and just don't get out. It has happened many, many times before today and will happen many, many more times after today on every cricket field in the world, from club cricket to test. Applaud the batsmen, say well done, and refocus for the next day. Oh and by the way, England have only scored 346 for 7. Not exactly amongst the highest scores in cricket.

  • Dummy4 on August 28, 2010, 9:53 GMT

    R.I.P. Pakistan cricket. Just a poor Indian secoond XI .... or third XI if Bangladesh are considered! Not even ball tampering is going to save them this tme!

  • Dummy4 on August 28, 2010, 9:29 GMT

    yes difficult though but who knows what's in store. This is test cricket my friends! just when think i'm winning, you allow the opponent to trick. wrapping up of the this innings in the first ten overs seems likely due to morning juice; the whole day's batting by pakistan at a significantly fast run rate which is very much possible due to flat condition of the surface, can even the match again. But so many ifs and buts...

  • Andy on August 28, 2010, 9:16 GMT

    The worry for Pakistan here is firstly a return to woeful fielding, and secondly a fairly ordinary performance from Riaz, Ajmal and even Asif. If Amir needs to take 18 wickets a match on flat tracks he will burn out and Pak will have ruined a tremendous talent. If Pak are to win this match they need to do three things: 1. Improve fielding, the bowlers need more support; 2. Up their run rate, if they continue to score slowly even a big total will get them at best a draw; 3. Skittle England in their second innings, this is a must, and will be tough in less favourable conditions. Hats off to Trott and Broad for a great performance!

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