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

Trott and Broad lead epic recovery

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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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  • karthikfromchennai 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)

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

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

  • MATT-EIP 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!

  • 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.

  • usmankhan001 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

  • Pirran 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.

  • Nerk 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.

  • 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!

  • 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...

  • 90AJ 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!

  • karthikfromchennai 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)

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

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

  • MATT-EIP 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!

  • 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.

  • usmankhan001 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

  • Pirran 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.

  • Nerk 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.

  • 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!

  • 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...

  • 90AJ 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!

  • zyhu on August 28, 2010, 8:38 GMT

    @simon smith ... Dude its Aamer not amir....

  • hammadpakistan on August 28, 2010, 8:33 GMT

    hammadpakistan. What is wrong with Pakistan Team. They have gifted the macth to England in a plate. Why they are not in full swing. The management including Yawar Saeed andnd Shafqat Rana, need to explain publically as to what went wrong after England were 102 for 7, this is unbelievable, people are largely suggesting that, Pakistan should be debarred from playing Test Cricket. Would someone explain

  • intelligentboy on August 28, 2010, 8:28 GMT

    broad and trott have played exceptionaly well ,,in the begining of the day ammir was superb and pakistan was looking in very good position bt now i dont think dt pak will win this match ,,, match will ended on draw or england will win ,,,hope for the best

  • Akbar_Alam on August 28, 2010, 8:27 GMT

    It was an awesome effort from trott and broad, and amir as well but he didnt get support from other ends, however the series should be either 3-1 or 2-2 not 2-1-1, pakistan should play for the win no matter what the conditions are, if someone like umar akmal fires up who know we may have a good finish to the game.

  • on August 28, 2010, 8:21 GMT

    Fantastic cricket - this is what Test Match Cricket is all about - we must all preserve this great game!

  • AJ_Tiger86 on August 28, 2010, 6:52 GMT

    Ha ha ha, Stuart Broad is by far the best cricketer in the world right now. England are the best team in all three forms of the game. England will thrash Australia 5-0 in the Ashes. Pakistan's test status should be scrapped. --- Cheers, Freddie.

  • majawaid on August 28, 2010, 6:49 GMT

    this is what the test cricket is all about! well done Trot & Broad. A captain's test also is in adverse conditions where Salman failed miserably though one may give him benefit of doubt being new to the job. Lord's wicket is now playing easy where barring showers Pakistani batsmen can also go merry making but then the result will be a tame draw due to one day already lost. Pak's young players must learn a few lessons from the duo's valiant effort.

  • on August 28, 2010, 6:15 GMT

    The Only responsible person for this Situation is Salman Butt. He was so defensive, They were 110/7 and you are having your mid on at the edge of he circle. Oh C;mon boy. At that time Micheal Holding was saying , "It is 115/7 Boy and you are just having slips. He should have attacked broad, should have been told Amir and Wahab to bowl firing bouncers.At that time broad played some uppish shots at Mid off, so if Mid off would have been further up, the result could have been different. And wahab riaz, he is just wastage, i was not impressed by him in the last test too, his 5 wkts was a coincident. What the hell is team management doing, you are keeping away a experienced bowler like Gull,. he is terrific with the old ball. Now , pakistan can't win this Match. This is 100% sure. For this pakistan have to score 400+ runs in 1st innings, n thats a dream only. My money is on Englang now.

  • on August 28, 2010, 6:05 GMT

    comon guys sometime u just need to say brilliant batiing dont blame salman but i think he did well since he incharge of pakistan test cricket so lets be clam and relex this match is not finish yet so hope pakistan team will bring good sttuf tomarrow and fight back.

  • on August 28, 2010, 5:23 GMT

    i think salman butt is a defensive captain as he miss a trick when england were 102 for 7 he still attack with just 2 slip and on score 107 catch is goes to thrird slip of the bowling of amir and if thrid slip there trott is in a pavillion couple of bad umpire decesion as well

  • MrMMJ on August 28, 2010, 5:11 GMT

    Over attacking with ordinary bowling could have given England much greater leaverage of the situation. It is easier to blame captain after a fine start goes in a vain. Why he went defensive when he had all the advise available to him from other team members and Coach and other staff? What were others doing? Captains marshall their resources as per the situation and condition of the game. In my opinion he left with no other option then damage control when he saw that ball is no more swinging and seaming and English batsman are looking for every opportunity to capitalise particularly Broad was in attacking mode. Test cricket is not a one dimensional sport and word "Attacking cricket" are mostly misused by the fans and experts alike.

  • MrMMJ on August 28, 2010, 4:59 GMT

    @Zain Adeeb - I may not be a great thinker of the cricket as those commentators whose profession is commenting on each and every thing. But I must tell you one thing. Attack and attacking cricket and keep on harping the word Attack is the most politically correct word/statement in cricket. Anyone can be a pundit of cricket by harping the word Attack and he will never be wrong. In cricket you will never hear a person who advocates defence. But we all see defensive tectics deployed by the captains all around the world in one way or other. Salman Butt had much more first hand understanding of the situation in the ground then those commentators sitting on AC cabins or peoples like you and me who become expert by parroting the word Attack. Once he realized that bowling has become ordinary after the advantage of conditions gone he had no other option but to wait for batsman to do mistakes and minimize the damage what batsman can inflict upon his team. CONTD...

  • vichan on August 28, 2010, 4:59 GMT

    I don't understand these comments about how England's collapses under these conditions PROVES they will lose the Ashes 5-0... Have these same people forgotten how the Aussies fared under the SAME conditions against the SAME bowling attack...? At least England are getting into three figures against Aamir and Asif! Heck, they're doing a bit more than that right now...

  • on August 28, 2010, 4:27 GMT

    Well played both the guys congrats

  • on August 28, 2010, 4:22 GMT

    What brilliant batting by both Trott and Broad! Pieterson has failed yet again

  • Paradoxcy on August 28, 2010, 4:14 GMT

    This is why Test cricket is still the best format that is, was and ever will be. You may have all the gimmicy stuff in ODI's and T20's but Test Cricket is what 'tests' you as a sportsman as well as your character as a human being.

  • on August 28, 2010, 3:54 GMT

    impossible.244 runs partnership in dese conditions against dis bowling line up.it shows ders something wrong in d captaincy.he didnot attact 2 much.broad played well.nd trott wat a player.like d wall for england.stil pakistan shd hv got broad out.dis match reminded me of great wasim akram who would finish d innings wid 3 prefect shorkers 2 taillenders.now pakistan has lost d series 2-1 or3-1 dat will depend on dere batting.but dey had agreat 2 level d series which dey missed.

  • on August 28, 2010, 3:39 GMT

    very true yesterday test cricket was at its best..........trott,s innings was a finest display of technique and temprament..... but salman,s captancy was very disapointing................he should have attacked when england was 102/7 but he remained defensive even with 2nd new ball.and some of the feild placing were horible

  • on August 28, 2010, 3:12 GMT

    Great Batting by StuartBroad and JonathanTrott

  • on August 28, 2010, 3:07 GMT

    The swing sultans Amir & Asif were a treat to watch , reminiding us the bowling genius of Waqar & Wasim. Trott and Broad applied themselves as the batting conditions improved. Great show by them. Biggest winner was the magic of test cricket!!!

  • Giscard on August 28, 2010, 2:55 GMT

    This is how Cricket should be, such a joy to watch even though it is a test match. Well done Aamir, Trott and Broad!

  • Pirran on August 28, 2010, 2:12 GMT

    Great match and great play by Trott, Broad and Amir, but why wasn't Imran Farhat brought on much earlier? Even a part-time legbreak bowler can cause problems for tailenders and so it proved. Broad seemed all at sea, giving several chances and not being able to pick much at all.

    Tomorrow, if Broad doesn't fall in the first few overs, Butt should bring back Farhat and surround the bat, but this might be far too radical for an innately conservative soul.

    Apart from that, KP seems to have talked himself into depression and despair. Leaving him out would be a blessing now. Leaving him in might destroy his confidence for ever.

  • r1m2 on August 28, 2010, 2:01 GMT

    Well this is uncharacteristic of England from last decade or two, this sort of resistance au excellence is typical of Australia, reminds me of Langer+Gilly counter attack against Pakistan. If England wins this match, it'll be the the true reflection of the strength of two teams, but it'll be exciting if Pakistan can win from here.

  • on August 28, 2010, 1:58 GMT

    great batting by these two . ohhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhh

  • Abidmashwani on August 28, 2010, 1:54 GMT

    This is where we come to know that Punjab ten is not a solution rather we do need players like Gul who could get you wickets with even old ball. Wahab one inning heroic does not mean that you bench an experienced player, who most of the times got you big wickets of like Hussey, Dravid et al.

  • jtstriker9 on August 28, 2010, 1:35 GMT

    Yet again, all the runs are scored during lower order partnerships after the ball has stopped swinging and seaming. Much can be said about the batting averages this summer, but in these conditions its hard to judge. Only Pieterson seems to be really struggling in the England team, the others are getting good balls and a bit of bad luck. Its a bit different for the Pakistani team as they have some less-talented players in their line up. But anyway, fantastic performances from first Amir, then Trott and Broad in the counter-attack. Not sure who said Trott was boring, but you watching the wrong game mate. This is Test cricket, if you dont like it, go and watch T20 with Boom Boom instead!!

  • cricpolitics on August 28, 2010, 1:32 GMT

    Ponting's 5-0 whitewash prediction is looking somewhat realistic now after continuous England top and middle order batting failures. Australia is not going to give any second chance to England as Pakistan has given throughout the series. So far English team has played very ordinary cricket.

  • cricpolitics on August 28, 2010, 1:30 GMT

    No need to jump off the floors yet. It is still the first inning that is being played. England bowlers should be ready for a long day tomorrow, they are not even going to have a chance like Pak had in the morning today. This 18 year kid is just too hot for England, it was nice to see how he made English batsmen dance and fall like deck of cards.

  • on August 28, 2010, 0:58 GMT

    i don't think Pakistan will score more then 200 runs,

  • on August 28, 2010, 0:35 GMT

    Its awesome man.. What an recovery... They should not spoil Stuart by tagging him as an all rounder..

  • on August 27, 2010, 23:38 GMT

    GOLDEN OPPORTUNITY SPURNED BY PAKISTAN!!

    Broad & Trott played superbly after Amir's wonderful spell, however the field placings by Salman Butt after they had England 7 wickets down left a lot to be desired.... the best form of defence is to attack and had Pakistan had more attacking fields they could have rolled England over for under 200.

    I don't think Pakistan can resurrect their position in the match now, they should have gone for the kill and been batting in the final session today.

    The only hope is for them is that the wicket is still very good for batting so if they can knock these last 3 wickets out for nothing and bat for 5 sessions (optimistic with this fragile batting line up) and build a healthy lead and then have a go at bowling England out on the last day; we might have an exciting finale on our hands!

  • on August 27, 2010, 23:33 GMT

    Thats a great cricket by Trott and Broad remarkable innings, Pakistani needs more practice......

  • on August 27, 2010, 23:00 GMT

    gr8 performance AMIR TROTT & BROAD ..players like you keep test cricket alive and interesting to watch!!

  • usmankhan001 on August 27, 2010, 22:52 GMT

    for those who are saying that pak bowling was exposed when the sun came out .. can they tell for how long sun was out today ? and pak already proved in aus that they can bowl well even when the sun is out so just worried about eng in aus where they ll lose 5 0 once again

  • AK47_pk on August 27, 2010, 22:44 GMT

    aUSTRAILIA WILL BEAT ENGLAND 5/0 CUZ THEY DNT LET IT SLIP AFTER 102/7....

  • psheth on August 27, 2010, 22:41 GMT

    India, Pakistan, Sri Lanka, we all lack killer instinct. Pakistan let England slip away.

    Great bowling by Amir and Asif though.

  • AK47_pk on August 27, 2010, 22:37 GMT

    at 3 o clock when england were 102/7 nd clouds covering the ground, suddenly lights were on....MAY I ASK WHY THWY TURNED LIGHTS ON AT 3 O CLOCK WHEN THERE WAS ENOUGH LIGHT TO PLAY??? JUST TO MAKE BATTING BIT MORE EASIER FOR ENGLISH BATSMAEN...PATHETIC TACTICTS BY ENGLAND....SHAME SHAME

  • AhmadSaleem on August 27, 2010, 22:32 GMT

    Pakistani bowling is over hyped??? Aamer got 6 wickets today. Asif bowled well without luck today. Pitch didnt offer turn to Ajmal. Only Wahab seemed a slight weak link in bowling department. All credit to Trott and Broad. Conditions were good for batting at Oval but they proved their worth there. Suddenly people like karthikfromchennai and MrMMJ have come out of their holes to show their jealousy.

  • on August 27, 2010, 22:32 GMT

    why our bowlers not able to through yorker at the end. wasim waqar were spesilist.we were missing omer gull on that occasion.

  • on August 27, 2010, 22:27 GMT

    @ MrMMJ - if you think Butt captaincy was ok, you clearly do not follow cricket at all. From the moment England were around 150/7, every second comment on tv was "why is the field so defensive". When Broad was in his 90s, Butt had a deep mid on & deep mid off. Please tell me when in the history of cricket has a captain had a deep mid on & deep mid off to a # 9 batsman who is about to score his first test 100? I would say it was stupid captaincy, but stupid does not even cover it, we need a new word to describe the stupidity of Butt's captaincy.

    Also, please note that Trott had 3 edges flew between Slip & 3rd man before he scored his 50. And who sets 4 ppl on the leg side against prior who is a completely OFF side fielder (as the commentary mentioned again on multiple occasions). Luckily our GREAT bowling got Prior out, nothing to do with the stupid field placing.

    Get Younis back and make him test captain, and drop Farhat.

    GO PAK!!!

  • usmankhan001 on August 27, 2010, 22:21 GMT

    some funny and senseless comments by kartik and steve patterson just shows there cricketing sense lolz

  • on August 27, 2010, 21:59 GMT

    Can someone answer this for me, is it Amir or Aamer, I'm really confused. Sky says one thing and Cricinfo another. I really think I should know how to spell such a quality crickers name.

  • jagi99 on August 27, 2010, 21:55 GMT

    Absolutely...marvellous cricket all around..AFTER A WHILE WE R SEEING SOME GOOD AND INTRESTING TEST CRICKET

  • landl47 on August 27, 2010, 21:44 GMT

    @ ossy- which test series have you been watching? Pakistan lost the first two tests by 354 runs and 9 wickets and were bowled out for 80 and 72 and you think they should have won? Perhaps you should rename yourself ozzy, because that would only happen in the land of the Wizard of Oz.

  • vichan on August 27, 2010, 21:43 GMT

    Funny to compare the comments by the Pakistani posters on these message boards from before this match and right now - the expression "running off with their tails between their legs" comes to mind! Pakistan's bowling, seemingly, relies just as heavily (if not more) on overhead conditions as England's does according to many of these posters. England's top order (except Trott, of course) may have failed again, but the side now has 8 Test centurions, including 7 who average more than 40 in this form of the game. And that's obviously not including Swann, who is probably a better batsman than Broad! If a few of them come into form, which is more than likely in better conditions than there have been in this English summer, then would be a hell of a line-up.

  • on August 27, 2010, 21:28 GMT

    england played well but trot is so boring crickter

  • 2.14istherunrate on August 27, 2010, 21:28 GMT

    That was awesome. Just when one thought England would be out for 70, they stage a comeback of epic proportions. Trott scaled the heights of brilliance for the second time in his short Test career, following his efforts v. Australia. It shows what having a good basic technique does, and having a good front foot game. Amir's bowlling was of Akram style-glad there's no junior Waqar floating around yet because Asif poses enough questions as well. As for Broad, that was completely superlative, very attractive to watch, and quite destructive. It's hard to find words for that day. I agreed with the crowd at the end- joyous and appreciative. Better than T20!!

  • monty64 on August 27, 2010, 21:25 GMT

    Stuart Broad will one day be the greatest England cricketer of all time. He is spectacular. And that's from someone who doesn't even support England - just great cricket.

  • MrMMJ on August 27, 2010, 21:24 GMT

    For those who are mindlessly criticizing the defensive captaincy of Salman Butt and shifting all the blame on him must understand that it was poor bowling by Pakistan once their bowler lost the assistance of excellent bowling conditions. How on earth the 8th wicket stand still going strong after adding 244 runs on board when they have 2 "legendary" "greatest" fast bowler in Amir and Asif. I expect a breakthrough in tail end from the "Best bowling line up in the world" even if they do not have a single fielder fielding except bowler and wicket keeper. I think Salman did an excellent job and restricted England to 346 / 7 otherwise had he tried to attack the score line might have been 446/7 by the end of day.

  • pak-cric on August 27, 2010, 20:40 GMT

    Great comeback by England. What a match that is so far. obviously sorry for Amir party but his mates should have also showed some flow. the match will get interesting if Pakistan could close England in first 10 overs next morning and also some good show could be seen by Pakistan batting.

  • pakistaniblood on August 27, 2010, 20:31 GMT

    umar gul absence was seriously felt. Such and experienced bowler was denied for wahab by lahori group.

  • on August 27, 2010, 20:28 GMT

    Lets give credit where credit is due and thats the partnership by the two.

  • EricG on August 27, 2010, 20:27 GMT

    Absolutely SMASHING!!...And so much much for those who say "Test Cricket is dead".........

    EricG USA

  • the_blue_android on August 27, 2010, 20:08 GMT

    How many lives did Trott and Broad get? I think all batsmen average should be divided by 4 when they play Pak.

  • on August 27, 2010, 20:07 GMT

    Defensive field settings at 7 down defies logic!

  • MrMMJ on August 27, 2010, 20:06 GMT

    Great job done by Trott and Broad. Already added more then 240 runs and still going strong. They combined their batting skill with good intelligence and determination to excel in dire situation and showed us how pathetic this overhyped Pakistan attack once the condition do not help them. Another missed opportunity by Englands top and middle order.

  • on August 27, 2010, 20:00 GMT

    Amir's share class + no planning and strategy and that sums up the series for pakistan.

  • gramedgar on August 27, 2010, 19:59 GMT

    say what you like about this england side - and there are plenty of shortcomings at present - but there is almost always one or two players there to put in an extraordinary shift when required. this is the hallmark of a successful team and once the batsmen regain their form we should have a squad ready to fight for the ashes. oh boy, its going to be an exciting scrap. as for this game; i think 350 will put pakistan to bed, though it is heartening to see them fighting they still drop their heads way too easy to deserve that much respect.

  • mxnmxn on August 27, 2010, 19:57 GMT

    What a play! Congrats to Trott, Broad and Aamir. Indeed it was the display of lovely bowling and solid batting.

    Last thought, Sad to see KP as a goner in this fascinating series.

  • on August 27, 2010, 19:54 GMT

    Anybody- but Broad Pakistan lost the chance to level the series.

  • AsadRaza146 on August 27, 2010, 19:54 GMT

    we can only pray for the situation.....

  • sinxad on August 27, 2010, 19:54 GMT

    so i guess when the sun comes out pakistan bowling is pretty average.when they needed to proof to everyone that they are the best bowling pair in world cricket they flopped.the stats where 100% correct i hope the pakistani big heads have the guts to say sorry to Donald.

  • stu.r on August 27, 2010, 19:51 GMT

    Absolutely brilliant effort by Trott and Broad.They deserve real credit for todays performance given the situation they came in together at. Given the recent criticism of England's batting I hope this shows that Trott in particular has the perfect temprement for test cricket and for batting at number 3 and is currently England best player by some distance.Pietersens form is a real concern and if he were anyone else the clamber for him to be dropped would surely have been a similar scale to that shown towards Alister Cook recently.Still a great day today well done England.

  • sri1ram on August 27, 2010, 19:51 GMT

    I do not feel that Pak should lose heart here. Stranger things have happened in Test cricket - Just try to get the 3 wickets within the first hour tomorrow and play enough to get a lead of 225-250 (1.5 - 2 days) with 2 hours remaining for the 4th day (try to get 2-3 wickets then). Hopefully you will get the final day to wrap up the english - after all, 3-1 result is the same as a 2-1 result. You will need to show all heart in your bowling (which you are known for) and all brain in batting (hopefully). As an Indian, we have seen India pull some things like those against Aus or SA from time to time, no reason Pak cannot pull off the same.

  • AsadRaza146 on August 27, 2010, 19:50 GMT

    salam, well what can i say now... crap.. again this time... upper order crushed.. lower order played.. why Pakistani bowlers are hesitant at lower order?? i think we need yorker specialist here.. Umer gul should come in place of Wahab Riaz.. poor selection this time. if he was ready to play then why they didnt selected him.. this is really poor selection... To crush lower order a yorker specialist should be in the team, just like before Shoaib Akhter, Waqar Younis, and new specialist is Umer Gul, i think we missed him in this innings. Pakistan is now slowly lifting their hands out of chances of victory. This is a real test for them to show up in Batting .. wasalam, Regards. Pakistan Zindabad.

  • sanjeevmukherjee2006 on August 27, 2010, 19:49 GMT

    salman butt committed the same mistake which yousuf did at sydney test , today pakistan should have attacked more once 7th wicket was gone

  • usmanq4 on August 27, 2010, 19:48 GMT

    well done england... well played... i only wished one of our bowlers threw the ball at broad before his ton... would have been nice to see his reaction in someone breaking his concentration! pakistan can only hope for a draw at best! trott for man of the match!

  • AhmadSaleem on August 27, 2010, 19:47 GMT

    Its good fight back from England.... Cant blame bowlers much. Trott was splendid today.

  • landl47 on August 27, 2010, 19:46 GMT

    A marvellous recovery by Trott and Broad, but the lack of form of the middle order is worrying in the last test before the Ashes. England can't rely on 9th wicket stands to keep them afloat. However, a wonderful day's cricket, with Amir showing again what a tremendous talent he is. Then Trott, who has been by far England's best batsman in this series, kept his composure while those around him were losing theirs and finally found a partner in Broad. Their batting was not only resolute but enterprising and has carried England to a position of strength. Pakistan haven't made 346 in any innings this summer and, weather permitting England ought to be able to force a win from here.

  • SaudAlvi on August 27, 2010, 19:44 GMT

    Pakistan are killing me ... even on sand you should be able to get the batsmen to make SOME mistake .... this wasn't THAT good a batting pitch the ball still was moving almost all day.

  • on August 27, 2010, 19:43 GMT

    Well the bigger picture here is that Pakistani bowlers cannot do anything if the conditions do not suit them ...once the clouds r gone ...the pakistani bowlers r worse than club level ... they just been luck to be getting wickets when there is a lot of cloud cover n the ball is swinging around....

  • on August 27, 2010, 19:41 GMT

    Salman Butt is one of the worst captain i have ever seen. He is even worse than M yousuf. One of the finest bowling display by Asif and Aamir and the two test victories overshadowed his failures both as a captain and Batsman. Pakistan batting has failed throughout the two series and i doubt we will suffer another biggest test defeat.

  • K.A.K on August 27, 2010, 19:40 GMT

    244 runs 8th wicket partnership - way to go England! All the hard work from Aamer earlier in the innings went in vain.

  • YorkshirePudding on August 27, 2010, 19:39 GMT

    @Syed, strange people didnt say that when Pakistan beat the Aussies at headingly, or whenthey beat England at the oval last week, he was the greatest thing since sliced bread. How fickle are you.

  • on August 27, 2010, 19:39 GMT

    WOW!WHAT A FIGHT BACK!!GO ENGLAND GO.....

  • on August 27, 2010, 19:36 GMT

    Well the bigger picture here is that Pakistani bowlers cannot do anything if the conditions do not suit them ...once the clouds r gone ...the pakistani bowlers r worse than club level ... they just been luck to be getting wickets when there is a lot of cloud cover n the ball is swinging around....

  • nlambda on August 27, 2010, 19:35 GMT

    If this had been Australia, Cricinfo would have pulled out its favorite (and often fairly pertinent) quote from Jon Arlott on 'Australianism' :-). Good to see England not roll over and die.

  • on August 27, 2010, 19:33 GMT

    Its not the fielding my friend. I think the bowlers are to be blamed for not finishing off the tail today.

  • Evangelyst on August 27, 2010, 19:22 GMT

    What an awesome day of cricket! Whoever says test cricket is obsolete will be eating their words. This had everything exceptional swing bowling, great batting, fierce determination and combative spirit on display.

  • chauka-chikka on August 27, 2010, 19:18 GMT

    Wow! Have yet again managed to find a way of giving away another test match! thats the way to do it! Only Pak can do this - snatch defeat from the jaws of victory!. I wonder what excuses he will give this...........Well done england, pak actually make you look like a world class team! I guess even Ireland and scotland must be lining up to play them next. Butt will not make it into any other int' team but but yet he is our captain, it speaks hor itself. This team with the exception of the bowlers is a joke. let the circus run

  • sharprider on August 27, 2010, 19:18 GMT

    Here goes another precious opportunity down the drain for Pakistan. With this shoddy performance (barring, of course, Aamer's heroics with the ball), they can only blame themselves for pushing themselves into a corner with their backs against the wall. It was a classic example of how the mentality of the dominating side sets the course of a match, and Salman & Co. did nothing really to retract the situation back in their favor as the two English batsmen toyed with the bowlers (and fielders) at will. Almost nothing was given away by the batsmen, and now the outlook only presents opportunity for the hosts to for a draw if not for a victory, which is realistically on the cards for them. Pakistan need to do some soul-searching here as to what is really wrong with their focus level because none of the other bowlers provided any material support to Aamer in this innings. The only hope that Pakistan now has is that their batsmen get the batting practice without coming under pressure at all.

  • ZQ77 on August 27, 2010, 19:17 GMT

    Very very bad cantaincy by Salman Butt. 102/7 and he placed fielders as if england were 202/2. When will pakistani captains ever learn to be attacking when it is really needed. He let England off the hook. Hats off to Trott and Broad for captilizing on poor defensive captaincy.

  • girikula on August 27, 2010, 19:10 GMT

    Poor show by Pak as usual. Amir was helped by conditions and not by any gr8 bowling as such. Asif was better bowler, but unfortunately he was not as lucky as Amir. Its also to do with poor batting and lack of confidence in KP, Morgan. But hats-off to Trott for another gem of an Innings in true Dravid style! Broad deserved 100 the way he played. Poor captaincy by Butt. Its not bad idea to make one person captain per match for Pak! :-)

  • ossy on August 27, 2010, 19:05 GMT

    pakistan shud hav won frst two test n dis one as wel bt lack of bad feilding,drop catching, n poor captaincy cost.australia could easyli beat england 4-1 in ashes...

  • RATNESH64 on August 27, 2010, 19:02 GMT

    Unbelievle happening at Lords...Surely game & series 95% away from Pakistan...

  • on August 27, 2010, 19:02 GMT

    I always like S Broad and so happy to see him getting the maiden test hundred and completing 1000 test runs today - and at a time when it was so badly needed for England ... feel sorry to Aamir - whose wonderful bowling today (at a time getting 4 wickets for 0 runs) was spoiled by Broad and Trott ... Great cricket to follow on Cricinfo ..

  • on August 27, 2010, 19:01 GMT

    actually this match is treat for LEFT HANDERS...coz 1st Mohammad amir with his left arm seam rattles ENG top order...den Stuart Broad for his resistance knock with some character....long live lefties..long live spirit of game..:D

  • allblue on August 27, 2010, 19:00 GMT

    To paraphrase a famous figure in another sport; "Cricket, bloody hell..."

  • Paki_01 on August 27, 2010, 18:59 GMT

    Pakistan should have attacked more with Amir through out the day rather then other bwoelrs who were not gettting any assitance from the pitch. I don"t udnerstand that hwy Tanivr Ahmed was not giving asingle oppurtunity to play for his ocuntry in 6 Test Matches. Why Salan Butt didn't attck more and more after Tea why Amir was removed and Wahad Raiz bowled alot after Tea that doesnot make it was very obvious that he ( Salaman Butt) was hoping if English players would make mistake and give away their wickets like most of them did

  • sunnymachoo on August 27, 2010, 18:57 GMT

    What a day for both sides, but what a day for England, I would say! What a fightback shown by Trot and Broad! Its phenomenal! Salman Butt could have used his men more wisely to continue the England's free-fall. Well, I'm a die-hard Pakistani fan and wish my team success in the concluding match! Well done Amir, Trot and Broad! Excellent cricket seen today! =)

  • Chaity on August 27, 2010, 18:54 GMT

    simply AMAZING & fab knock from these two!!!

  • on August 27, 2010, 18:46 GMT

    Great stuff and congratulations to Messrs Broad and Trott. Will this latest batting collapse signal a pause in the ets career of Cooke, Collingwood. Morgan and the miserable Pieterson? At least 2 of them should go and my picks would be KP and Cooke. England have battled back well and should go on to win this game against this very poor Pakistan side. I can hear the Pakistan fans whining with their "Ïfs and buts" but the truth is that this side is very poor with maybe 3 or 4 players who would stand a chance of making it into a good side. A Pakistan vs Bangladesh series would be quite even and would probably make great viewing! England in the meantime need to wrap this series up and then make the changes they need to make in order to at least be competitive against Australia. Leaving the likes of KP and Cooke to enjoy their just deserts in England this winter seems to make perfect sense. Maybe Cooke deserves another chance.......

  • karthikfromchennai on August 27, 2010, 18:44 GMT

    Pak should be thankful that they are not bowling to Sehwag :)

  • karthikfromchennai on August 27, 2010, 18:43 GMT

    Only a miracle for Pakistanis will save the the match

  • karthikfromchennai on August 27, 2010, 18:42 GMT

    England will win by an innings...what an ideal preparation ahead of Ashes

  • karthikfromchennai on August 27, 2010, 18:41 GMT

    VVS and Dravid will be proud of this great partnership from Trott and Broad. Excellent battaing. Insha Allah England should win this match.

  • PottedLambShanks on August 27, 2010, 18:40 GMT

    Stunning show of character by Broad and Trott. Got to see everything I love most about test cricket today.

  • Chennai_Voice on August 27, 2010, 18:40 GMT

    Finally England players showed that they have got bones!

  • Harshdgr8 on August 27, 2010, 18:36 GMT

    I just loved it go England go.........

  • on August 27, 2010, 18:33 GMT

    Crap captaincy plus lax fielding= Another missed opportunity for Pakistan. Salam Butt just does not look the part...

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  • on August 27, 2010, 18:33 GMT

    Crap captaincy plus lax fielding= Another missed opportunity for Pakistan. Salam Butt just does not look the part...

  • Harshdgr8 on August 27, 2010, 18:36 GMT

    I just loved it go England go.........

  • Chennai_Voice on August 27, 2010, 18:40 GMT

    Finally England players showed that they have got bones!

  • PottedLambShanks on August 27, 2010, 18:40 GMT

    Stunning show of character by Broad and Trott. Got to see everything I love most about test cricket today.

  • karthikfromchennai on August 27, 2010, 18:41 GMT

    VVS and Dravid will be proud of this great partnership from Trott and Broad. Excellent battaing. Insha Allah England should win this match.

  • karthikfromchennai on August 27, 2010, 18:42 GMT

    England will win by an innings...what an ideal preparation ahead of Ashes

  • karthikfromchennai on August 27, 2010, 18:43 GMT

    Only a miracle for Pakistanis will save the the match

  • karthikfromchennai on August 27, 2010, 18:44 GMT

    Pak should be thankful that they are not bowling to Sehwag :)

  • on August 27, 2010, 18:46 GMT

    Great stuff and congratulations to Messrs Broad and Trott. Will this latest batting collapse signal a pause in the ets career of Cooke, Collingwood. Morgan and the miserable Pieterson? At least 2 of them should go and my picks would be KP and Cooke. England have battled back well and should go on to win this game against this very poor Pakistan side. I can hear the Pakistan fans whining with their "Ïfs and buts" but the truth is that this side is very poor with maybe 3 or 4 players who would stand a chance of making it into a good side. A Pakistan vs Bangladesh series would be quite even and would probably make great viewing! England in the meantime need to wrap this series up and then make the changes they need to make in order to at least be competitive against Australia. Leaving the likes of KP and Cooke to enjoy their just deserts in England this winter seems to make perfect sense. Maybe Cooke deserves another chance.......

  • Chaity on August 27, 2010, 18:54 GMT

    simply AMAZING & fab knock from these two!!!