Cricket

Broad thanks Trott

2010-08-28 07:08
Stuart Broad (AP)

London - Jonathan Trott scored his third Test hundred and was given credit for another after coaxing Stuart Broad to his maiden Test century on day two against Pakistan in the final Test at Lord's.

Broad and Trott combined to steer England to 346-7 at stumps as the hosts look to wrap up the series with a win or a draw. Trott was 149 not out, with Broad on 125 - the highest score by an England No.9 in Tests.

"Trotty was fantastic in the way he was so clear with his thoughts," Broad said. "He told me to play as straight as I can and to have positive intent.

"As a bowler, I know that when it's swinging around it is less fun when someone is having a go at you, so when it was in my area I thought, right, I'm going to get in strong positions, and hit the ball hard."

Although Broad's century was the quicker of the two and the most unique given that he is in the team primarily to take wickets rather than to score runs, he still had much admiration for the application that Trott showed in his 427-minute effort that will continue on Saturday.

"For him to be there on 149 at the end is fantastic," Broad said. "He has such a great temperament and the fact he now has 1 000 runs and an average over 50 is a testament to him."

Broad's father Chris, the former England opening batsman, was not at the ground to witness his son's milestone, even though he is usually present at home matches.

But Broad Jr. revealed his grandparents were there, while he also had a thought for his late stepmother who passed away this year with motor neurone disease.

"I thought of my stepmother once my hundred was made," he added. "I would have liked her here at Lord's as you would. She would have been jumping around for joy."

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