Stuart Broad: Beefy shook my hand at Lord's and Twitter went wild!
21:52 GMT, 22 May 2012
Stuart Broad hit the headlines in England’s first Test victory against West Indies by becoming the first bowler to take 10 or more wickets in a Lord’s Test since Ian Botham in 1978.
He also became only the fourth man to put his name on all three honours boards at the home of cricket – for scoring a hundred, taking five wickets in an innings and 10 in a match.
Here, the world’s No 3 ranked bowler writes exclusively for Sportsmail about those man-of-the-match heroics…
History boy: Broad earns his place on the three Lord's honours board
Bit of a wobble
The Lord’s wicket was far from green despite all the rain in the last month, but I think Andrew Strauss decided to bowl because it just seems to play better and better as Tests go on.
As a bowling unit we aimed to take seven wickets on the first day, so to finish with nine was excellent. They took their time in coming for me but, as the wicket was slow, it was hard to get the right length because if you pitched it up too often there was a danger of being hit for four.
I eventually got into a nice rhythm at the Nursery End and just tried to aim the ball into off stump which, with the slope, made it seem as if it was running down the hill and helped me get edges.
What really ended up helping me get six wickets on the first day was the wobble seam delivery which we have all worked very hard on. It is a weapon for flatter wickets, really, and something that Curtly Ambrose perfected and, in the series we lost in Australia, Stuart Clark used.
Man of the match: Broad hails yet another wicket
Basically, the batsman doesn’t know if seam or leather will hit the pitch first which makes it difficult to work out what the ball will do.
Of course it doesn’t mean anything if you don’t get your lengths right and goes against everything you’re taught as a boy about keeping the seam upright but it worked for me last Thursday. Most of my wickets came that way.
Yes, it was in the back of my mind that I’d got on the bowling honours board but my main focus that afternoon was trying to be brutal with the tail after Shiv Chanderpaul and Darren Bravo had held us up.
Swann the sage
As we walked out on the second morning, Graeme Swann said to me: ‘I fancy you to get this last wicket first ball’, and Jimmy Anderson said: ‘Yes please, I’m in no shape to bowl this morning.’ So when I did just that there was a great scream of elation from Jimmy that the job was done. And I’d ended up with my first seven-wicket haul in Test cricket.
Then it was over to the batsmen and Andrew Strauss showed a great deal of calmness and played beautifully for his hundred. He had a bit of stick during the winter so everyone was delighted for him and you could tell from the reaction of the dressing room and the crowd that everybody backs, respects and likes him.
Ton-derful: Strauss celebrates reaching his century
Hopefully that will set the captain up for a big summer because he will be hugely important to us in the Tests to come. We got a lead of 155 but actually we were a bit disappointed with that because that wicket was screaming out for 500 rather than 398.
I was on what would surely have been the longest drawn out hat-trick in Test history when West Indies’ second innings started but that was not to be.
Still, we got three quick wickets, which lifted the energy levels until Chanderpaul and Marlon Samuels played fantastically well. I don’t think we did much wrong, it was just that it was pretty flat by then and we just had to keep working hard. There was quite a bit of playing and missing going on, and Chanderpaul only needed to feather one of those for it to be very different.
Chanderpaul, of course, provides us with a big challenge. He plays the ball so late, virtually off his stumps, and hits through the leg side even if the ball is outside off.
No 1: Chanderpaul is ranked as the best Test batsman in the world
THE LORDS OF LORD'S
Sir Gubby Allen
The first man to claim a place on all three Lord’s honours boards captained England in 11 of his 25 Tests between 1930 and 1948.
Played all his cricket as an amateur and strongly disagreed with Douglas Jardine’s Bodyline policy. Went on to be chairman of selectors and treasurer of MCC.
A charismatic character and probably Australia’s greatest all-rounder, Miller played 55 Tests in the 10 years after the Second World War where he served with distinction as a pilot. In retirement he famously said: ‘Pressure is a Messerschmitt up your a**e, playing cricket is not.’
Sir Ian Botham
England's greatest all-rounder and leading Test wicket taker with 383 victims. ‘Beefy’, now a Sky commentator, will be remembered for his performances with bat and ball in the 1981 Ashes series, which he won almost single-handedly. Knighted for services to charity and cricket in 2007.
He has no obvious weaknesses and there are times when you feel you just can’t beat him but I’m hoping the sun will beat down at Trent Bridge for the next couple of days before the second Investec Test and there will be a lot more pace in the wicket on Friday. There should be plenty of swing, too.
Three of a kind
When I took the third of my four second-innings wickets, I completed a different hat-trick to go on the third honours board for 10 wickets in the match and I was amazed to see that no-one had done that since Ian Botham 34 years ago. It was an amazing feeling, one that makes me feel very proud.
Beefy shook my hand when I walked across the outfield on the last morning and my Twitter time line went pretty wild. Huge thanks to all my followers who sent kind messages.
It was especially nice that my mum, dad and my 94-year-old grandparents were all at Lord’s during various stages of the Test and my dad was asked to ring the pavilion bell on Saturday morning, which he was chuffed to bits about. Getting six wickets and a hat-trick on my home ground of Trent Bridge last year was pretty special but I think this tops even that and it’s something I will remember fondly whenever I walk through Lord’s and look up at those boards in the future.
More to come: The second Test starts at Trent Bridge on Friday
It’s definitely fair to say I have bowled better in the past than this but it can go like that. I think back to a game like the first Ashes Test in Brisbane when I kept on beating the bat on the third day but ended up without wickets and had no luck. This time the force seemed to be with me and I got on a roll.
Not so nervous
West Indies’ resistance meant we had to get 191 to win but as the wicket was so good it never really felt like Abu Dhabi last winter. Kemar Roach looks a good bowler and will be a real handful on a track that suits him but even when he took three early wickets we always fancied our chances. In the end Alastair Cook and Ian Bell showed their experience and class to see us home.
That was a tough game for us. West Indies played really well and in all honesty we expected them to because they gave Australia a lot of problems recently and there was no way we were going to underestimate them.
The pleasing thing for us is that we won even though we can improve in a lot of areas and we will be looking to do that in Nottingham.
For now the focus will be on the first hour at Trent Bridge on Friday because that can set the tone for the Test but it goes without saying that we will be looking to wrap up the series there. A good start to the summer. One I will never forget.