Trott and Broad rescue England
Jonathan Trott and Stuart Broad struck excellent centuries and shared an unbroken 244-run stand as England reached 346 for seven at stumps on day two of their fourth npower Test with Pakistan at Lord’s.
The duo, responding to Mohammad Aamer’s single-handed decimation of the top and middle order, came together with the score at 102 for seven, before putting on the highest eighth-wicket partnership by England against Pakistan.
Trott showed a brilliant temperament to stand in the way of some irresistible bowling in the morning, before making hay when conditions eased to reach his hundred from 195 balls, including 13 fours.
Broad, meanwhile, capitalised on the easing conditions to hit an enterprising maiden Test ton, bettering father Chris’ best effort on home soil of 86.
He also became only the third England number nine to hit a hundred, following in the footsteps of Gubby Allen in 1931 and John Murray in 1966.
Earlier, Aamer bowled beautifully to leave the hosts in tatters and become the youngest bowler to register 50 Test wickets.
The 18-year-old continued to perform in a manner that belies his tender years, producing a breathtaking display to take 6-73 and become the series’ most prolific bowler with 23 scalps.
Required to bowl three deliveries to finish his sixth over, he started in the best possible fashion, removing Alastair Cook off the third ball of the day.
The left-armer enjoyed an even better beginning to his next over, dismissing Kevin Pietersen for a first-ball duck, before accounting for Paul Collingwood and Eoin Morgan, also for nought, to leave England 47 for five.
The left-arm seamer pushed a wide, full delivery across Pietersen, who nicked behind to Kamran playing a loose drive.
Collingwood survived the hat-trick ball, but did not last much longer as Aamer made it three wickets in five deliveries, trapping the right-hander leg before.
Umpire Billy Bowden had turned down the appeal but, in another triumph for the umpire decision review system, Collingwood was sent back to the pavilion after Hawk-Eye showed the ball was hitting middle stump.
Trott gave the stunned spectators something to cheer about, driving Mohammad Asif for consecutive fours through point and cover.
Their joy was short-lived, though, as Aamer made it four dismissals in eight balls for the loss of no runs, as Morgan edged a beauty to second slip.
Asif, meanwhile, probed away without reward as Prior nicked one just short of first slip, who let it go through his legs for four.
After a quiet period, Trott guided Wahab Riaz for a single to backward square-leg, capping an excellent debut year by bringing up his 1,000th Test run.
As the conditions began to ease, skipper Salman Butt brought on Saeed Ajmal in search of another breakthrough before the interval.
Trott greeted him with a lovely late cut, though, which eventually went for four after a comical piece of fielding from Mohammad Yousuf.
The Warwickshire right-hander followed that up with the shot of the day as he crunched Riaz through cover for four more.
Picking up where he left off, Trott brought up England’s hundred after lunch with a fluent four through mid-off.
But, after the fifty partnership was brought up, Prior fell for 22, following an Aamer delivery and nicking to Kamran Akmal, before Swann edged to Azhar Ali at second slip for nought – England’s fourth duck of the day.
Broad, who found some form with 48 at the Brit Insurance Oval, started positively, while Trott reached a battling half-century.
Broad then brought up the 150 with a lofted two over long-on, before completing the fifty partnership a couple of overs later.
Trott, meanwhile, continued on his merry way, cutting Ajmal through point for another boundary.
The runs continued to flow, with Trott hitting Riaz through mid-off, before Broad hooked Aamer over square-leg for six in the final over before tea.
Trott was quickly back into his stride after the interval, hitting Asif for a couple of crisp leg-side boundaries.
After another cut brought him three, Trott again found the boundary with a typical back-foot flick through midwicket to bring up the hundred partnership.
That was followed by an even better shot from Broad, who brought up his sixth Test half-century by lifting Ajmal over midwicket for four.
Trott moved to 99 with a streaky squirt through third man, before completing his century with five overthrows off the next.
While Trott continued to go about his business comfortably, Broad was looking increasingly dominant at the other end, hitting Riaz for scorching fours before also reaching 1,000 Test runs.
And he repeated the dose in the next over, off Ajmal, to pass his highest Test score of 76.
As he moved closer to a first century, Broad was looking increasingly nervous, though, edging Aamer through the slips for four to move into the 90s.
He seemed intent on continuing to play his shots, hitting Ajmal over mid-off for two to move to 95, before adding another single off the next delivery.
And he brought up his century with a beautifully-placed cut through point.
Trott and Broad then continued to batter an increasingly dejected Pakistan, who dropped a catch and saw the latter successfully review an lbw decision, reaching 149 and 125 respectively.