Broad hails 'fantastic' England

England v West Indies
Shivnarine Chanderpaul & Stuart Broad

Shivnarine Chanderpaul falls lbw, one of three deserved wickets for Stuart Broad

Stuart Broad heaped praise on England’s bowling unit after they clawed their way back into the third Test against West Indies in Jamaica.

Broad struck twice in an over before lunch and followed up with the removal of Shivnarine Chanderpaul with the second new ball as England's plans came off on a slow surface.

Captain Andrew Strauss tactically delayed the taking of the new ball until the 105th over and West Indies' run flow dried up.

Only 192 runs were scored in the day, in fact, as the hosts closed on 352 for seven.

"Luckily we went 'bang, bang' just before lunch," said Broad, who dismissed centurion Chris Gayle and Xavier Marshall in the space of three balls to spark England’s fightback after Gayle and Ramnaresh Sarwan had carried the hosts to 220 for one.

"But all the way through the day the boys bowled fantastically. It is now crucial tomorrow we get up and go for them again.

"We are not looking at things in terms of saving the match; we are thinking very positively in the changing room and we still have a chance in this fixture."

The pitch, however, has proved a far cry from the flier on which Steve Harmison terrorised West Indies with 7-12 in 2004.

"I remember watching Harmy on television five years ago and thinking 'I would love to bowl on that'," said Broad. "Then, when it's my turn, it bounces three times to the keeper."

West Indies captain Gayle celebrated a first Test hundred on his home ground - his last appearance here reaped a pair - during a 202-run stand for the second wicket with Sarwan, who made a fine 107.

Gayle's side then had to overcome a stodgy period which saw them lose four wickets for 34 runs in 28 overs.

Chris Gayle

Chris Gayle celebrates a fine century. He shared a stand of 202 with Ramnaresh Sarwan

"The outfield is very thick and it's a slow deck, which is not easy to score on quickly," said Gayle.

"Give credit to England's bowlers as well because they bowled well - wide of off stump hoping for us to make a mistake.

"It would have been nice to have scored a few more runs but the objective was to keep wickets in hand until the end of the day.

"Hopefully we can capitalise on this lead; the first Test is very important to us, we didn't want to let England back into the game too easily."

Left-handed Gayle got to three figures in showbiz style, lofting two consecutive sixes off Monty Panesar and following up with a swept three.

His close friend Kevin Pietersen had attempted a similar dash through the 90s on the first day, only to come unstuck chasing the boundary that would have taken him to three figures.

"I thought about that but I told myself not to make the same mistake and to be smart about it," Gayle said.

"I knew the man was square on the leg side, so I thought I would take the chance and sweep."

Broad, meanwhile, suffered no pangs of jealousy on the day some of his team-mates were handed $1.55million Indian Premier League contracts.

He opted not to enter the auction, held on the subcontinent this morning, in order to concentrate on England ambitions.

"I am still very firm on my decision," Broad said. "I am only 22 and there is a lot of time on my side.

"I felt like I needed a break and no amount of money could change that. I will have a three-week break with the potential of playing in the Ashes."

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