Stuart Broad thought James Anderson was on course for maiden Test 100

England's Stuart Broad heaps praise on bowler James Anderson after his knock of 81 in a record 11th-wicket stand of 198

The Sport Review staff
By The Sport Review staff

Stuart Broad has admitted that he thought James Anderson was going to secure his maiden Test century after the England bowler’s record innings in the drawn first Test with India.

The bowler produced the best-ever final-wicket stand in Test cricket alongside Joe Root as the England pair notched up 198 runs, which saw Anderson chip in with 81 runs at Trent Bridge.

Jimmy was probably unlucky that his nick carried to slip. I can’t have been the only one in the ground who thought he might have been on his way to a maiden Test hundred!

Stuart Broad

And Broad lifted the lid on the emotions that the rest of the England squad went through watching the pair give the hosts a platform in the opening Test from the pavilion at Trent Bridge.

“It felt like we were watching Test history unfold and to watch Jimmy Anderson, who had never scored a first-class 50, make 81 was amazing,” Broad wrote in his Daily Mail column.

“He’s been working on his batting with our assistant coach Paul Farbrace and I can’t talk highly enough of the way he played here.

“Cricketers are a superstitious lot, so we decided at the start of the day that we weren’t going to move from our seats at all. The only exception was for toilet breaks but even then the pressure was on.

“You’re allowed to nip out to the gents but only if you’re back in time for the start of the next over. I’ve been in that situation before, where someone doesn’t make it back in time and then gets blamed if a wicket falls.

“The pressure of being an international sportsman comes in all shapes and sizes.”

Broad continued: “He saw when India’s last pair added 111 how easy it is to bat on this pitch, even if you’re a tail-ender and especially when the ball goes old and there’s no bounce in the surface.

“We saw Jimmy reaching 50 by charging India’s opening bowler and hooking him in front of square, which just highlighted how poor this surface has been for Test cricket.

“In the end, Jimmy was probably unlucky that his nick carried to slip. I can’t have been the only one in the ground who thought he might have been on his way to a maiden Test hundred!”

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