Broad savours match-turning hundred
Stuart Broad will remember for the rest of his life the “amazing” moment when he scored his maiden hundred at the home of cricket.
Broad, whose unbeaten 125 in a record unbroken stand of 244 with Jonathan Trott, 149 not out, transformed day two of the fourth npower Test against Pakistan, was achieving something which eluded his famous father and former England opener Chris.
The Broads are the first father and son to have made Test centuries for England, but Chris never managed one on home soil - and not therefore at Lord’s either.
Stuart did so when he clipped three runs off his legs off Wahab Riaz this evening, becoming only the third Englishman to reach three figures from number nine. It was also his first first-class century.
“It was amazing,” said the 24-year-old. “I initially thought I’d chipped it straight to midwicket when it came off the bat, but the atmosphere was so special.
“It’s a feeling I’ll remember for the rest of my life, and it’s nice to be the first Broad up on that honours board.”
Also on the board today, and the youngest of all to manage five wickets at HQ, was Pakistan fast bowler Mohammad Aamer.
Yet the 18-year-old’s joy was significantly tempered by stumps after England had recovered from 47 for five to 346 for seven in a match Pakistan must win to square the series.
“I always dreamt of an extra-cover drive for my hundred at Lord’s,” added Broad.
“But luckily, it was on my legs - and I’ll take anything.
“You always dream of Test match centuries, and if I was to pick any ground in the world it would be Lord’s.
“It is one of those days that will live long in my memory.”
Broad joined Trott at 102 for seven, and recalled: “I had a bit of licence (to attack). But I also knew that if we were 110 all out this Test series was going to be 2-2.
“So I looked to take a bit of responsibility to bat with Trotty, because I know he can bat for long periods of time and score big hundreds.
“I wanted to be aggressive and take the attack to the bowlers, but I had to do it in a manner that I didn’t give my wicket away cheaply.”
Broad’s father was not present today. More sadly, neither was his stepmother - who died earlier this summer.
He said: “I thought of my stepmother once the hundred was made. I’d have liked her here at Lord’s - as you would. She’d have been jumping around for joy.
“My grandparents were here today, but not my dad. But I’m sure he’ll be happy when he checks BBC later.”
Broad’s delight seemed a world away after Aamer had taken three wickets for no runs in five balls early this morning.
“We had to send for the number 11 (Steven Finn) out of the nets at five past 11 - which was quite a funny one,” added Broad, who paid tribute too to the unflustered Trott.
“In the position we were in, he was out there for the whole collapse and saw the ball nipping around. That can easily get in a batsman’s mind.
“But he played with such clarity, hit strongly through the leg-side and picked up anything that was slightly a bad ball and put it away.
“It is a special effort, and we all know what a great temperament he has. I think that will be fantastic for him in his Test career to come.
“He’s already got more than 1,000 runs, averaging 50, and that is testament to the player he is.”
Paul Collingwood, one of four England batsmen who made ducks in Aamer’s scintillating spell, may live to regret a promise made as Broad prepared to begin his innings.
“As I went out there, Colly shouted: ‘If you’re still batting tonight I’ll take you anywhere in London you want to go’,” Broad revealed.
“So I need to find the most expensive restaurant I can!”
Aamer reflected on his mixed day with appropriately mixed feelings.
He said: “It was special - the first time I’ve got six wickets and best of figures of my career.
“I am happy but I am a little bit sad. They are in a good position.
“We were in a good position, but now we are on the back foot.”