Stuart Broad half-century: The veteran English seamer scored a quickfire half-century to upstage proceedings on Day 2.
During the second day of the third Test of the ongoing West Indies’ tour of England in Manchester, veteran England seamer Stuart Broad scored his 13th Test half-century to put his team into a respectable position.
England, who lost four quick wickets including the set batsmen in Ollie Pope (91) and Jos Buttler (67) in the first hour, were in deep trouble before Broad scored a Test half-century at home after three years to stitch a rescue act.
Coming in to bat at No. 10, Broad once again walked the talk in the series justifying his position in the Playing XI. Having got off the mark on the first delivery that he faced, Broad hit West Indies fast bowler Kemar Roach for a towering six over deep mid-wicket to make his intentions clear.
Broad, who hit Shannon Gabriel for a boundary in the following over, then attack the opposition captain Jason Holder by hitting seven fours in his four consecutive overs. It was on the penultimate delivery of the 104th over when Broad hit his seventh four off Holder to complete a joint third-fastest (33) Test half-century by an Englishman.
Not wanting to lower the gear, Broad’s continuous effort of attacking the West Indian bowling lineup saw him giving a straight forward catching chance to Jermaine Blackwood at deep mid-wicket off all-rounder Roston Chase. While Broad would have wanted to hit a full-toss to the boundary, minimal timing spoke of the otherwise.
Stuart Broad half-century
Broad, who scored 62 (45) at a strike rate of 137.77 including nine fours and a six, had a batting average of 9.70 in 42 Test innings since the time he scored his last half-century against Australia in Melbourne.
Broad’s 76-run partnership alongside spinner Dom Bess (18*) has powered England to score 369 in 111.5 overs at lunch. The 34-year old player would now be looking forward to make early inroads into the English batting lineup.
How fun was this from @StuartBroad8!? 🔥
— England Cricket (@englandcricket) July 25, 2020
The classic IPL come-and-get-me plea https://t.co/x168QeF4uQ
— Ali Martin (@Cricket_Ali) July 25, 2020
— Isa Guha (@isaguha) July 25, 2020
None of the 633 Test half-centuries scored for England since 2000 have been quicker than Stuart Broad’s 33-ball effort today. #ENGvWI
— The CricViz Analyst (@cricvizanalyst) July 25, 2020
Stuart Broad has just gone past Frank Woolley’s run tally in Test cricket.
— George Dobell (@GeorgeDobell1) July 25, 2020
West Indies have been Broad-sided. #ENGvsWI
— Jamie Alter (@alter_jamie) July 25, 2020
since being dropped stuart broad has produced superb performances in press conferences, bowling and batting #ENGvsWI
— Gaurav Kalra (@gauravkalra75) July 25, 2020
If Stuart Broad ever gets dropped again, I will kick off for him. #ENGvWI
— Alexis Nunes (@alexisenunes) July 25, 2020
— ICC (@ICC) July 25, 2020
Things that Stuart Broad does better than James Anderson:
— Dennis Broad (@DennisCricket_) July 25, 2020
And people were writing off Stuart Broad’s white-ball career
— Jonathan Liew (@jonathanliew) July 25, 2020
Stuart Broad is the world’s most exciting batsman.
— Neil Jones (@neiljonesgoal) July 25, 2020
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