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ESPNcricinfo presents the plays of the day from the fourth day at Lord's
May 20, 2012
Landmark of the day
This has been a good Test for Stuart Broad's statistics. After a career-best 7 for 72 in the first innings he then became the first England bowler to take 10 wickets in a Test at Lord's since Ian Botham in 1978 against New Zealand (and his first such haul) when he had Darren Sammy caught behind. He also joined the select band of players - Botham, Gubby Allen and Keith Miller - to have done the treble at Lords; a hundred, five-wickets in an innings and 10 in a match. That's all the honours boards completed.
Shy of the day
For most of this Test bowling for run outs has been the best idea when Shivnarine Chanderpaul has been batting. Often it is his partner who finds himself in trouble but Chanderpaul would have been run out for just the fourth time in Tests if Kevin Pietersen had hit with an under-arm back-handed flicked when Chanderpaul had 38. Marlon Samuels had dropped the ball towards midwicket and Pietersen was quickly onto it and perhaps did not realise how much time he had. He opted for an awkward attempt at the stumps rather than trying to find a better position to throw from.
Bouncers of the day
This is a placid Lord's pitch - the slowness is understandable after the wet start to the summer - and the England quicks have had to be selective about when to really bend their backs. Broad picked one over against Samuels - with the ball 69 overs old - to try a series of short deliveries, the first of which Samuels did not play well and took a blow on the shoulder. The next ball, another short one, was fended short of third slip but Samuels had the final say in the over when he pulled consecutive boundaries to leave Broad chuntering.
Century of the day
Tim Bresnan has done wonders in the Test side since the 2010-11 Ashes series - when he has managed to find a place in the team. It was a tight race between him, Steven Finn and Graham Onions for this Test but the 100% man (Bresnan has won all 12 of his Tests) got the nod. For much of the game he has done what Andrew Strauss needed; drying up the runs to allow others to attack. However, after tea on the fourth day he was expensive for a spell and in the process was taken for a ton for the first time in Test career. Maintaining that 100% no longer looked a foregone conclusion.
Late reward of the day
James Anderson was probably wondering what he had to do to get a wicket. The difference in tallies between him and Broad no way reflected the quality of the bowling. Anderson was superb throughout, even managing to beat Chanderpaul on one occasion, but more often than not was left with head in hands at another near miss. When Fidel Edwards fended a rising delivery over the slips it could have been the final straw, but three balls later he produced a peach to remove Denesh Ramdin to give him one in the 'w' column.
Andrew McGlashan is an assistant editor at ESPNcricinfoFeeds: Andrew McGlashan
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