Broad will shatter records - Swann
Graeme Swann is not surprised by Stuart Broad’s record-breaking efforts, insisting there is plenty more to come from his England team-mate.
Bowling in the face of a brilliant West Indies rearguard, Broad claimed 4-93 today to combine with 7-72 in the first innings.
Those efforts meant he became the first England bowler to take 10 wickets in a Test at Lord’s since Ian Botham did so against New Zealand in 1978.
Furthermore, Broad is only the fourth player to take a five-wicket haul, 10-wicket match and score a century at the home of cricket.
In achieving the feat, the 25-year-old joins an elite group alongside Botham, Gubby Allen and Keith Miller – not that Swann is surprised.
The off-spinner said: “That's Broady for you, isn't it? I've played with him all season at Nottinghamshire, and he would admit he's not been in the best of form, not had the best rhythm so far.
“But he's a big-match player - and coming into this Test match, as soon as he got his first spell out of the way, he's bowled superbly.
“He has ended up with four wickets and got on the honours board. Hats off to him; he's on all three boards now, which is almost unique in cricket.
“He's going to be a guy who breaks record after record for the rest of his career - and I'm just glad he's in my team.”
Broad’s success will have come as no surprise to West Indies coach Ottis Gibson.
Gibson worked with the paceman during his days as England’s bowling guru and also played alongside him at Leicestershire.
He said: “He is a quality performer and sometimes when conditions are tough, he is somebody that will fight all of the way through.
“He bowled some very good balls and, over the course of the Test match, he has got 11 wickets.
“It has been very good to watch because, obviously, he is someone I have worked with – even from my Leicestershire days.
“I am pleased for him because he is somebody that I know, but, at the same time, we hope he does not continue to get 11 wickets every Test match.
“We need to find a way to combat his skills.”
Despite Broad’s outstanding efforts, England still have plenty of work ahead as they look to close out victory in the first Investec Test.
West Indies headed into the fourth day seemingly down and out at 120 for four, still 35 runs in arrears.
But Shivnarine Chanderpaul and Marlon Samuels, with 91 and 86 respectively, led an excellent fightback.
Indeed, West Indies managed a second-innings total of 345, which left England a tricky chase of 191.
That became all the more daunting as Kemar Roach dismissed skipper Andrew Strauss and nightwatchman James Anderson as the hosts ended 10 for two.
Gibson insists West Indies will fight tooth and nail tomorrow for what would be a huge victory.
“It would be massive,” he added. “We are coming back tomorrow to fight and make them fight for the rest of the runs.
“If it happens that we come back and win then that would be great; we would celebrate.
“But, whatever happens tomorrow, we will be coming to fight hard to win because winning is very tough in any conditions.
“Against the number-one team in the world, it is even harder so we know it’s going to be a battle, but we are up for that battle.”