England’s veteran fast bowler Stuart Broad has had decent numbers with the bat. The southpaw batsman provided the crucial runs in the opening session of the second day after the West Indies dominated the first hour. England slipped from 258-4 to 280-8, losing four wickets for 22 runs with Kemar Roach and Shannon Gabriel taking two apiece.
However, Stuart Broad took the attack against the Windies bowlers and scored the third joint fastest fifty for England, off just 33 balls. Broad made room and punished everything that was off line. The left-hander kept growing in confidence during his knock and added 62 runs during his 45 balls stay at the crease, with the help of nine fours and one maximum.
It was Broad’s 13th Test fifty and his first after 2017. The left-hander went hammer and tongs and the West Indies bowlers didn’t have any plans to put a kibosh on his knock.
At 280-8, West Indies had a great chance to skittle out England under 300 but Broad’s blistering knock took them to 369 runs.
Broad revealed that he took inspiration from Shane Warne’s 2005 Ashes. Warne had scored 249 runs in the thrilling series in five matches at an average of 27.66 and thus got crucial runs for Australia while batting down the order. Overall, Warne scored 12 fifties in his Test career. Broad added Warne didn’t look pretty but got the crucial runs for his side.
“I tried to up the momentum, hit the bowlers off a length and try to take Kemar (Roach) and Shannon (Gabriel) away from what they’d done so well in the first 40 minutes.
“Tactically it was the right thing to do and something I’ve worked on with Peter Moores at Nottinghamshire. He brought me the example of Shane Warne who didn’t look particularly pretty at times but hit balls in different areas and was really effective, especially in the 2005 Ashes.”
The move paid dividends as Broad was able to get the quick runs after England was put on the backfoot in the first hour’s play. Not only Broad did a fine job with the bat but also took two wickets.
The lanky pacer struck in the first over of the West Indies batting innings when Kraigg Brathwaite edged to Joe Root, at first slip. Subsequently, Broad plumbed Roston Chase with a delivery which nipped back into the right-hander to plumb in front of the wickets.
England have put their noses ahead in the deciding Test match as West Indies are in arrears by 232 runs and have lost six wickets for 137 runs.