Tuesday 20 February 2018

Broad puts England in control

Stuart Broad etched his name in Lord's folklore yesterday -- but England still have work to do to defy a West Indies fightback and clinch victory in the first Test.

The world's No 1 team had Graeme Swann to thank for finally shifting Shivnarine Chanderpaul (91), just before tea on day four, after the previously immovable left-hander's crease occupation reached 425 balls following his 87 not out first time round.

But Broad, adding 4-93 to his first-innings career-best 7-72, was again the principal driving force as England bowled West Indies out for 345.

He became only the fourth cricketer to put his name on all three honours boards -- for a century, five-wicket innings figures and 10 in a Test -- helping to leave England with a perfectly feasible target of 191 on a benign and still relatively unworn surface.

It looked a little less routinely achievable, though, after Kemar Roach got rid of England captain -- and first-innings centurion -- Andrew Strauss for just a single and then nightwatchman James Anderson in the hosts' 10-2 at stumps.

Third man in Jonathan Trott survived an lbw shout off Roach by the narrowest of margin's as the DRS backed Aleem Dar's call that the ball had pitched fractionally outside the line.

Irish Independent

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