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England seamer Stuart Broad is “honoured” to find himself in such distinguished company after becoming only the seventh player to score a century and register a five-wicket haul at Lord’s.

Broad struck his first - and only - five-day hundred at the home of cricket two years ago against Pakistan.

Yet he is more famed for his efforts with the ball, and it was those which shone through today as he claimed 6-72 to help reduce West Indies to 243 for nine.

That display earned him a place on the bowling honours board for the first time and put his name alongside Sir Ian Botham and Andrew Flintoff, among others, on the list of those to achieve the aforementioned feat.

He said: “Following 'Freddie' and 'Beefy' in the England dressing room is a huge honour.”

Yet Broad took more pride from England’s disciplined performance in the field, especially after skipper Andrew Strauss opted to bowl first.

He continued: “More important today is to have got nine wickets on the first day of the Test.

“Winning the toss and bowling, you’re thinking ‘Can you bowl them out for a hundred?’. But you know Lord's is never like that. It’s a bit of a patience game.

Stuart Broad

Stuart Broad celebrates his sixth wicket - that of Fidel Edwards - on an encouraging opening day for England in the first Investec Test at Lord's

“We were aiming for seven wickets in the day.”

For Broad, there is still the opportunity to cap an excellent performance by bettering his previous best effort in the game’s premier form.

His current finest figures are 6-46, against India at Trent Bridge last summer, meaning he would need the final wicket tomorrow.

Broad insists he is not too focussed on that and is more worried about England finishing the job.

“It would be very pleasing to (get seven),” he said. “I have got two more balls in my current over to try and do it.

“But the most important thing is not to let them get away. It (the score) is 240-odd now. But 260 or 270 suddenly looks a bit more daunting, so it’s important as a bowling unit we get it right.”

Despite enjoying a fine day, England still had no answer to the world’s number-one ranked batsman Shivnarine Chanderpaul.

The 37-year-old, a veteran of 141 Tests, showed all his class and experience to compile 87 not out.

A century would be well deserved, but, despite praising Chanderpaul’s effort, Broad sees no room for sentiment.

“Shiv’s played very well against us again, and we don’t want him to get a hundred,” he admitted. “He plays it so late in swinging conditions, I think that’s something we can learn from as a batting group.

“He’s quite hard to draw into a false shot - which is why he’s number one in the world, I suppose. For 15 years, he’s done the same thing and been very effective at it.”

Chanderpaul’s impact should inspire his team-mates, none more so than 22-year-old Adrian Barath, who impressed in seeing off the new ball before falling for 42.

“Shiv is very important in our team meetings,” he said. “Someone who has scored more than 10,000 Test runs, and averaging close to 70 in England, lends us his experience about playing here.

“He talks about playing a bit later, leaving the ball, picking the areas and having a lot of patience.

“It was fabulous to look at, the way he goes about his innings, gets set - knocking the ball around and picking up singles and twos while he’s getting himself in. Before you know it, he's 20-odd or 30. For the young guys, including myself, that’s the approach we need.

“I think 90% of his game is mental, waiting, having that patience and allowing the ball to come on to the bat. Everyone can take a page out of his book.”

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