Stuart Broad and Jonathan Trott both hit unbeaten centuries to steer England to 346-7 and save the blushes of several batsmen, who once again failed to deliver on day two of the npower Fourth Test against Pakistan at Lord’s.
Alastair Cook returned to his poor form of late, falling for just 10 to Mohammed Amir, while Kevin Pietersen’s golden duck, combined with ducks for Paul Collingwood, Eoin Morgan and Graeme Swann, left England reeling at 102-7.
Enter Broad, who teamed up with Trott to send England into day three on a high. The young Nottinghamshire star hit his maiden Test century, while the magnificent Trott ended the day on 149 not out to leave Pakistan on the back foot.
Broad told talkSPORT: “To score a hundred anywhere is very special, but at the home of cricket, at Lord’s, it was amazing.
“It was an important time when I came in at 90 odd for 7 and I knew that Trotty was very clear in the thinking that we’d just go five runs at a time. I think that kept our minds very focussed on what we were doing and took it away potentially from what the wicket was doing.”
Broad also heaped praise on his partner and the importance of the pair keeping their concentration.
The all-rounder added: “Trotty’s been fantastic the whole way through.
“It would have been no good me getting out for 103 or 104. We had to go and build and try and get 400 as a team, so it was key to refocus the mind straight after that hundred, but it was one of the best feelings I’ve ever had.”