Joy of six for Stuart
Article posted: 17 May 2012
It’s a proud day for me
A fantastic six-wicket haul from Stuart Broad inspired England on the opening day of the first Test against West Indies at Lord’s.
After winning the toss and choosing to bowl, England and Broad ended the day in style, taking the wicket of Fidel Edwards as the visitors finished 243/9 at stumps.
With figures of 6-72, Broad becomes only the seventh player to score a century and register a five-wicket haul at the home of cricket, having struck a hundred against Pakistan two years ago.
"It’s a proud day for me," Broad said. "[But] more important is to have got nine wickets on the first day of the Test.
"Winning the toss and bowling, you’re thinking: 'Can you bowl them out for a hundred?'. But you know Lord's is never like that. It’s a bit of a patience game.
"We were aiming for seven wickets in the day."
One more wicket would cap his best effort in Test cricket, with his 6-46 against India at Trent Bridge last summer currently his finest figures.
"It would be very pleasing to [get seven]," Broad said. "I have got two more balls in my current over to try and do it.
"But the most important thing is not to let them get away. It [the score] is 240-odd now. But 260 or 270 suddenly looks a bit more daunting, so it’s important as a bowling unit we get it right."