Broad takes fight to West Indies

England’s bowlers made a confident start to the supposed English summer in the first day of the Test series against the West Indies. Although Shivnarine Chanderpaul defied them with his characteristic stubbornness, England’s attack took nine wickets and kept the opposition batsmen on the defensive.

Jimmy Anderson led the bowling assault in the morning session taking two wickets as well as claiming an astounding catch to dismiss the opener Adrian Barath off Stuart Broad’s bowling.

Broad found his length in the afternoon, ending the day with six wickets and a place on the Lord's honours board for bowlers. A century last season had already put his name among the batsmen. Now he joins Andrew Flintoff and Ian Botham among the luminaries who have achieved both.

"Following people like Fred and Beefy in the England dressing room is a huge honour," Broad said. "But more importantly to have got nine wickets on the first day of the Test is a great start to the series. When you win the toss and bowl, people might be thinking let's get them out for 100, but we know that Lord's isn't like that, it's a patience game."


Only Chanderpaul, number one in the world rankings for batsmen, offered much resistance, but he was unable to find a teammate who could forge a decent partnership. "It's quite tricky to find a good line to him because he shuffles around so much," Broad said. "He plays it so late in the swinging conditions, and he's hard to draw into a false shot – that's why he's number one in the world I suppose."

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