England v Pakistan, 4th npower Test, Lord's, 3rd day August 28, 2010

England's high, Pakistan's low on a day of extremes


Record-breakers of the day
In what turned out to be a misleadingly serene passage of play, Jonathan Trott and Stuart Broad spent most of the morning session receiving ovations for one landmark after another. First came Trott's 150, then England's 350, then the 250 stand, then Broad's 150, then England's 400, then the 300 stand. And so it went on until finally, with lunch looming, Broad was adjudged lbw on review to Saeed Ajmal for 169, having just overhauled his father Chris's highest Test score of 162. As he returned to the pavilion to a magnificent ovation, he took with him a share in an eighth-wicket world-record stand of 332, having overhauled the 313-run mark set by Wasim Akram and Saqlain Mushtaq at Sheikhupura in 1996-97. And his personal score finished just four runs short of Ian Smith's 173, the highest by a No. 9 in Test history.

Honorary Londoner of the day
It's hard to believe that Jonathan Trott had never played a Test at Lord's before this season. Following on from his scores of 226 and 36 not out against Bangladesh back in May, he finished today with a magnificent 184 - and had it not been for the comparative clatter of wickets that followed the dismissal of Broad, he would almost certainly have pushed on to become the only man to record two double-hundreds at the ground. But Trott is not merely at home at the home of cricket. His love of London Tests extends south of the river as well, given that his only other Test century was at The Oval against Australia last summer. His current London average now stands at 109 (654 runs in four Tests), which means he is unlikely to be too upset about the ECB's southern-heavy fixture list next season.

Ignominious stat of the day
Before this series, England had not dismissed Pakistan for less than 100 for more than half a century. They've now managed that feat three times in four Tests, and while today's total of 74 was worse than the 80 they made in the second innings at Trent Bridge, it did at least improve on the 72 they made in the first innings at Edgbaston. Nevertheless, they cannot escape the fact that they have now recorded their three lowest totals of all time against England. Curiously, their other two double-figured scores, 87 and 90, were also made on the same tour - their maiden trip to England in 1954. And then as now, they put aside those lows by notching up a remarkable victory at The Oval.

Trendsetter of the day
Mohammad Yousuf's calm assurance was acknowledged as a major factor in that Oval victory, as his veteran knowhow instilled a new confidence in his team-mates and allowed them to build what proved to be a matchwinning first-innings total. Today, however, he was all at sea in a grim four-ball stay, and the shock of his runless departure appeared to scupper any prospect of a fight. His best shot was his first, as he jabbed down effectively on a James Anderson yorker. After that, he looked liable to fall at any moment. He completely lost sight of his second delivery, from Broad, and almost ducked into a full-length delivery, Chris Read style. Two balls later, he was gone anyway, as Broad pegged back his off stump with a beauty. Though he attempted to cling on in the follow-on, Yousuf's lame dismissal to the final ball of the day, caught in the deep as he top-edged a pull off Steven Finn, was sadly apposite.

Collapse of the day
Having failed to dislodge England's eighth-wicket pairing for the best part of a day, Pakistan managed to ship 11 wickets for 69 in an inept final session of the day. The rot set in from the very first post-tea delivery, bowled inevitably by Graeme Swann, whose ability to strike at the start of a spell is becoming the stuff of legend. Salman Butt was the victim, as he misjudged a tweaker and had his off bail trimmed, even as he stood his ground in the vain hope that Matt Prior had disturbed the stumps with his gloves. It wasn't to be, however. And by the time Butt fell for the second time in the day, for 21, the combined total of 25 visits to the crease by batsmen not called Trott or Broad added up to a mere 159 - still ten runs shy of Broad's own total.

Record-chaser of the day
Broad is on a mission in this match. Not content with a career-best total, he is aiming to become the 11th England cricketer to complete the 1000 run and 100 wicket double, and the first since Ashley Giles and Andrew Flintoff achieved the feat in the same match at Cape Town in January 2005. By the close, with 1096 runs already to his name, he had taken his wickets tally to 97, having struck in his second over of the match to remove Yasir Hameed. He added Yousuf as well one over later, before nailing Imran Farhat in the follow-on. But the rout that Swann and Finn instigated after tea left him needing some rapid breakthroughs on Sunday morning. Only three men have previously managed the double in the same match - Kapil Dev, John Bracewell and Shaun Pollock.

Andrew Miller is UK editor of Cricinfo.

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  • rick on August 29, 2010, 8:35 GMT

    we always blame individual players for match fixing. but the real culprits are the cricket boards. it is impossible for players to act on their own accord if the board decides to enforce strict laws. we know what goes on behind the scenes in sub continent cricket. corrupt politicians and crazy despots run the game. they are in the game for money. theres no way that they dont get the major share of the spoils. im sure that players are coerced to cheat. even a sachin tendulkar, wasim akram or a sanath jayasuriya is not above the boards dictat. in all match fixing scandals i dont remember one board official being indicted. they set up their own enquiries and get away scott free.. and the lesser said about the icc the better!

  • Asad on August 29, 2010, 4:59 GMT

    wow 18 year old kid involved in match fixing.... that will also be a record...??? cricinfo must see their database to credit him this record...!!

    No Balls on demand service....(^_-) and they must be raising this money for flood victims... wata shame for our country at this crucial moment.

  • Rod on August 29, 2010, 2:55 GMT

    It really is so sad. I think a lot of English fans have loved the idea that Pakistan should use the UK as a temporary home base while they are going through such difficulties at home. There were great signs of improvement despite the bad moments. Test cricket needs Pakistan. The top four or five teams can't just keep playing each other as the only interesting series. I was all ready to have Pakistan as my second favorite team after England. And now it seems they're still mixed up with gambling/cheating. How could they throw it away when they're already in such a precarious position but have won so much international sympahty and support? I suppose it might turn out not to be ture, but how sad nonetheless.

  • Shockley on August 29, 2010, 1:08 GMT

    Cricket in Pakistan is over. I should've followed my Phupa jee who left watching cricket when wasim and company came into the limelite of match fixing. But I can say one that even though the no-balls were rigged, Pakistani batsmen without match fixing would have performed the same way. They are just pathetic. Salman Butt was seen as a sane captain, out of the usual lot but my God what a disappointment.

    Its just so confusing, in the same game we have 1) Petty No balls fixed worth 150k 2)Aamir thrashing the top and middle order of England 3)Englands tail unders bashing 4)Pakistan batting line flop


  • Ahmad on August 28, 2010, 23:12 GMT

    Mediocre Pakistani batting at its best. I was thinking that conditions were looking better than Oval and Pakistan might score 350 runs but matter got worse to worst and they touched the new heights of humiliation. Something must went wrong there. Dont know what. But they need to strengthen their nerves. They were looking depressed out there and it seemed that the pressure got rid of them.

  • sgsrt on August 28, 2010, 23:10 GMT

    True England especially Broad are playing like they are champions. But true champions like Australia and 70's West Indies showed that they can play any where, any time. Can England do that? Especially in the subcontinent. Anderson and Broad will be a no show. Pakistan don't let yourself down. There are many in this world who will kick you down when your chips are down. Youngsters need to play more tests. That is the only long term fix.

    Now this match fixing row. What is there to fix? How badly will Pakistan lose? No this is just a distraction to push you further down.

    By the way I am not a fan of Pakistan Cricket. It just pains to see all the nonsense politics the player, spectator, fan has to undergo. It is like they keep dishing out what is not needed and we have no choice.

  • Mozzam on August 28, 2010, 21:25 GMT

    Well Well Well, just last week this Pakistan attack was being talked about as being one of the most potent attacks in the world. They still have a long way to go. True Aamer is a good bowler, but the attack should have other wicket taking bowlers as well. Would you imagine Australia or SA conceding 400+ with the oppositon 7 down for 100 odd??? So fans do not be under the impression that Pakistan are back to their best after just one unconvinicing victory. If the administrators continue to ignore importance of test cricket, I can see Pakistan reaching a new low in test arena where they will be struggling to beat even the likes of WI and Bangladesh who are currently considered the weakest teams in test cricket. On current form, I rate WI better than Pakistan in tests. Even Bangladesh will be difficult to beat if the pitch is not supporting seam bowling, which Pakistan is good at. PCB really needs to focus on the cricket academies to make sure aspiring batsmen go through proper trainings.

  • hasan on August 28, 2010, 19:53 GMT



  • Dummy4 on August 28, 2010, 19:32 GMT

    ahem ahem, the third test victory was dedicated to people of floods to soon. now you have taken it back to soon.

  • Syed on August 28, 2010, 19:15 GMT

    Well done England and Pakistans humilation continues. In this summer they are humilated by England. They won one test because of one good seccion due to the conditions. Pakistan are very proud of their bowling and the 9th man is scoring 169; pakistan will make this score at the loss of 2 innings. Even Bangladesh played well with England; Pakistan should play more cricket with Zimbabwe, Kenya and Canada to boost their performance. GREAT JOB ENGLAND.

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