Trott and Broad lead epic recovery

Fri, 27 Aug 18:45:00 2010

Jonathan Trott and Stuart Broad's centuries transformed England's fortunes on a day of personal landmarks on day two of the fourth Test at Lord's, which began with Mohammad Aamer threatening to bowl the hosts out cheaply.

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Instead, from a perilous 47 for five England were rescued by a record unbroken stand between Trott (149 not out) and Broad (125no) in a total of 346 for seven by stumps.

Both passed 1,000 Test runs in the course of their innings, Broad on his way to a maiden first-class century and Trott little more than a year after his Ashes-clinching debut at The Oval.

Yet it was Aamer (six for 73) who had made the first bid for the headlines when he became the youngest bowler ever to 50 Test wickets and only the second Pakistani to take six in an innings on the hallowed turf.

As England recovered from a rash of middle-order ducks at the hands of Aamer, in a match Pakistan must win to square the series 2-2, this was a day to intrigue the purists as well as delight the statisticians.

At a venue where Trott made a double-hundred against Bangladesh earlier this summer, he responded with a 195-ball century in which he alone - until Broad moved into outright counter-attack - had the mastery of Aamer.

Trott used the crease and advanced out of his ground to try to negate Aamer's swing under initial heavy cloud cover in an innings which was to be peppered with his trademark, straight-bat clips to leg off the back foot.

Broad, by contrast, stood tall to strike the ball on top of the bounce through the off side and down the ground in a partnership which more than trebled the total from 102 for seven.

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