Strauss marvels at record pair
England captain Andrew Strauss believes Stuart Broad’s seminal performance with the bat at Lord’s could prove a “watershed moment” in his career.
Broad won the man-of-the-match award for his game-changing hundred, not to mention three top-order wickets, including that of Pakistan’s best batsman Mohammad Yousuf in the first innings, as England raced to victory by an innings and 225 runs on day four of the final npower Test.
The 24-year-old’s 169, the second highest score by a number nine in Test history, began with England in the mire at 102 for seven batting first.
He and Jonathan Trott’s stand of 332 surpassed the Test record for the eighth wicket, and the achievement was not lost on Strauss at the post-match interviews.
“We had some outstanding performances,” he said. “The partnership by Trott and Broad is the best I’ve seen in an England team and we followed it up with our bowling.
“(Broad has) clearly come on a huge amount. This innings should be a watershed moment. He’s proved he’s able to get big scores.
“I was most impressed by the way he batted after his hundred. Many experienced batsmen want to smack the ball everywhere and have to rein themselves in and he did that really well.
“It was an outstanding partnership. I can’t speak highly enough about what those two guys did.”
Broad took pleasure from the manner in which England swept up victory inside 22 overs on the fourth day, claiming the last six Pakistan wickets for 106.
He did not add to his solitary second-innings wicket taken yesterday, but was involved in the run-out of Saeed Ajmal.
“We had six wickets to take (today) to win the Test match and win the Test series," said Broad.
“The way we did that this morning was very ruthless and very professional. We bowled with great discipline once we got runs on the board.
“To win the series 3-1, we’re delighted in the conditions we’ve had this summer.”
Broad felt that scoring a maiden century in any form of cricket should give him greater confidence to score many more, and eventually reclaim the number eight spot currently occupied by Graeme Swann.
He also concurred with Strauss regarding his calm after reaching the major milestone.
“(My innings) will certainly give me a lot of confidence in the Test match arena,” Broad added.
“The fact I managed to go on a little bit after reaching 100 was pleasing. I just kept the same tempo. I’ve been working hard on my batting - I want to move up the order.”