Broad annoyed by fixing shadow over Lord’s


England fast bowler Stuart Broad has a lone Test century to his name, scored at Lord's in 2010, and finds it annoying that said match will always be remembered for the match-fixing scandal that followed.

It was during that Test between England and Pakistan that Mohammad Amir, Salman Butt, and Mohammad Asif conducted the spot fixing for which they were eventually convicted, and Broad feels it's a pity that the Home of Cricket was tarnished by that.

Amir will play against England at the same ground this month, having served a five-year ban, and while Broad is happy to face the paceman again, he gets irritated by the constant mentions of fixing rather than the actual match.

Broad said in the Mail on Sunday: "Of course it annoys me that that game will always be connected with what went on. Lord's is the home of cricket.

"It's a wonderful place to play and that Test match will always be remembered for the wrong reasons.

"It was my best-ever innings, my only Test century and coming in tough circumstances as well. It was a good battle and I'll never forget the feeling I got running through for that hundred.

"From what we know, the three Pakistan players weren't actually fixing the game as a whole – a no-ball doesn't affect if I hit a four or not – so I can still look back with a lot of pride on scoring that hundred.

"But of course it was tarnished by what happened."

He added of facing Amir again: "In Amir's case I certainly have no hard feelings about playing against him again.

"What he did was wrong but he was extremely young and maybe not aware of the consequences. The reality is he's back in the game and has served his time."