Broad six-for ensures England dominance

England

Stuart Broad's fifth five-wicket haul in Test cricket ensured that England overcame some West Indian resistance to dominate the opening day of the first Test at Lord's.

Stuart Broad's fifth five-wicket haul in Test cricket ensured that England overcame some West Indian resistance to dominate the opening day of the first Test at Lord's on Thursday.

Broad's 6 for 72 outweighed the contribution of the indefatigable Shivnarine Chanderpaul, who was unbeaten on 87 as the West indies went to stumps at Lord's on 243 for nine.

It was a disappointing result for the West Indies, who showed signs that they might upset pre-series predictions as they put up a fight against the new ball, only to fold in the second part of the day and leave Chanderpaul ploughing a lone furrow.

James Anderson picked up a couple of wickets in the first hour, but the opening morning of the Test summer arguably belonged to the West Indies thanks to a fighting stand from Adrian Barath and Darren Bravo.

England won the toss and elected to bowl under cloudy skies, but they were unable to make the significant inroads that they might have expected as the West Indies went to lunch on 83 for two.

With plenty of movement on offer – particularly for Anderson – the West Indies had their work cut out for them, but Barath covered the swinging ball well and had 41 to his name by the first interval.

Bravo joined Barath midway through the first session with the West Indies wobbling on 32 for two, and was a calm presence at the crease as he breezed to an unbeaten 27 with the minimum of fuss.

Kieran Powell and Kirk Edwards were the two wickets to fall in the morning, as Anderson bowled the former with a vicious delivery that nipped into the left-hander, then trapped Edwards lbw with an inducker.

England took control three overs after the lunch break when Broad had Barath well caught by Anderson in the gully for 42.

That brought Chanderpaul to the crease to join a solid-looking Bravo, but a promising partnership was on just 14 when Chanderpaul flicked to the leg side and failed to send Bravo back in declining a run.

With both batsmen at the striker's end, even Matt Prior's wayward throw could not prevent Graeme Swann from removing the bails at the other end to run Bravo out for 29.

That was a huge blow for the West Indies, and they looked likely to collapse when Chanderpaul was given out lbw by umpire Marais Erasmus as he shouldered arms moments later.

The left-hander was on 15 at the time, and the West Indies score was just 105, but replays confirmed that Anderson's delivery would have missed off stump and so Chanderpaul survived.

Naturally the Guyanan made the most of that, combining defence and aggression throughout an innings that saw him move past Sunil Gavaskar on the list of Test cricket's highest run-scorers.

His best support came from Marlon Samuels, who looked comfortable enough during his 31, which saw the pair add 81 for the fifth wicket and take West Indies to tea on a respectable 146 for four.

However it turned out to be a typical Samuels innings, as the right-hander looked stylish and solid but then threw away a good start when an unnecessary scoop at a full delivery gave debutant Jonny Bairstow an easy catch at point.

That started the slide, and Broad soon had Denesh Ramdin caught by Andrew Strauss at first slip.

Darren Sammy hung around until the second new ball, playing the odd positive stroke, but then misjudged the line of a Broad delivery as he edged to gully.

Broad five-for was complete when he caught and bowled Kemar Roach, and he added a sixth for good measure in the final over of the day as Fidel Edwards edged through to Prior behind the stumps.

Latest