Stuart shines in England victory
Article posted: 21 May 2012
We’re winning Test matches and that’s what it’s all about
Stuart Broad was named man of the match as England clinched a five-wicket victory over West Indies at Lord's to take a 1-0 lead in the Test series.
Resuming on 10/2 and requiring 181 runs to win, England’s batsmen navigated some early West Indies pressure before eventually securing a comfortable victory.
Not for the first time, England’s bowlers were in impressive form, with Broad – who ended the Test with 11 wickets - the pick of the bunch.
"Winning the toss and bowling puts a bit of pressure on the bowling group, but we managed to take nine wickets on the first day which set the game up nicely," Broad said.
"We had to work very hard for this victory, so it feels very sweet right now."
Having recorded a career-best seven for 72 in the first innings, the 25-year-old became the first England bowler to take ten wickets in a Test at the home of cricket - also the first ten-wicket haul of his career - since Ian Botham in 1978 against New Zealand.
Additionally, Broad joined Botham, Gubby Allen and Keith Miller in achieving a century, five-wickets in an innings and ten in a match.
"I think the hundred gives me most pleasure considering my old man [former England batsman Chris Broad] had the chance to get there and didn’t,” he laughed.
"Obviously, it’s pleasing to get on all three [honours boards at Lord's] but more importantly we’re winning Test matches and that’s what it’s all about."
Broad is already looking forward to the start of the second Test, which gets under way at Trent Bridge on Friday.
"We’ve got a pretty light couple of days coming up with all the hard work this Test match has been," he said.
"It’s all about getting ready for that first half hour on Friday.
"Whether we bat or ball, whatever we do we have to do it well and it’s all about mentally and physically preparing for that now."
Read the full match report HERE.