• England v West Indies

Broad: We were only aiming for seven wickets

ESPN staff
May 17, 2012
Stuart Broad is now on the Lord's honours board for batting and bowling © Getty Images

Stuart Broad admits he wondered whether West Indies would crumble to a paltry total when England won the toss at Lord's - but he insists his team's current position is beyond what they were aiming for.

Broad took six wickets in the first Test match as West Indies finished day one 243 for nine - and his bowling meant his name landed on the Lord's honours board again, having already been on there because of his batting exploits: a 169 against Pakistan two years ago.

"Following Freddie [Flintoff] and Beefy [Ian Botham] in the England dressing room is a huge honour," Broad said. "But more important today 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 100?'

"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 ... to pick up nine, we're delighted."

Broad paid tribute to Shivnarine Chanderpaul, who led the West Indies resistance with an unbeaten 87. "Shiv has played very well against us again, and we don't want him to get a hundred," Broad said. "We wanted to stay away from his legs and his hip early, because he accumulates 20 or 30 without you realising.

"But sometimes you've just got to take your hat off and say, 'Well played.' He did play fantastically today."

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