Broad, Pietersen & more: Twitter reacts as England win first Test
Stuart Broad and Kevin Pietersen tweet their thoughts after England romp to a 170-run victory over New Zealand in first Test
Stuart Broad took seven wickets in a devastating 11-over spell to help England rout New Zealand in the first Test at Lord’s.
James Anderson also secured his 300th Test wicket to join fellow England greats such as Sir Ian Botham, Bob Willis and Fred Trueman.
Here is a selection of our favourite tweets from the professionals, both past and present and in chronological order, after the hosts secured a 170-run win against the Black Caps.
Former England wicket-keeper Alec Stewart (@StewieCricket) is looking forward to a big day four: “May get a 250 lead minimum, hope for cloud cover to aid Anderson swing, pitch-spinning for Swann and England should win but as Ladbrokes say GAME ON!”
Legendary all-rounder Sir Ian Botham (@BeefyBotham) urges supporters to arrive on time – it proved good advice: “Don’t be late today could be a great days play……start of a big summer!!”
Injured batsmen Kevin Pietersen (@kevinpp24) is excited to cheer on his team-mates: “Nearly at Lord’s.. The drive to watch certainly isn’t the same as to play! But, hasn’t the last hour been great? #ENGvNZ”
Spinner Graeme Swann (@Swannyg66) wants to get in on the action: “Can’t wait to have a bowl on this pitch…”
All-rounder Tim Bresnan (@timbresnan) hails Broad and Anderson: “Outstanding bowling @stuartbroad8 that’s getting the job done. Also @JimmyAnderson9 congrats on the big 300.”
Youngster Joe Root (@joeroot05) is thrilled to be part of a memorable England triumph: “What a day! loved every minute of it! Massive congrats to Broady and Jimmy – fantastic effort from everyone else too #lovewinning!”
The man-of-the-moment Broad (@StuartBroad8) praises his team-mate: “Love winning!! Guys were great especially this man @jimmyanderson9 #300”
Ashes-winning England captain Michael Vaughan (@MichaelVaughan) taunts the Aussies: “Just watching the highlights and I have say I can’t believe NZ made 68… Ridiculously good bowling from @JimmyAnderson9 and @StuartBroad8. England might just play 2 bowlers against Australia… That’s all they need these days…..”
Phil Tufnell (@philtufnell) is loving the summer of cricket: “So NZ’s target wasn’t knockeroffable after all! Great bowling @StuartBroad8 and well played England. Cracking start to the Test summer.”
England bowler Steven Finn (@finnysteve) can’t remember such a devastating attacking display: “Amazing day’s cricket here at Lord’s. Some of the best bowling I’ve ever seen. Now settling in for the football with a few beers!”
Finally, Graham Onions 9@BunnyOnions) pays tributes to his team-mates: “Huge congrats to @JimmyAnderson9 on his 300+ wickets. From an early age he was destined to be one of England’s best bowlers.”