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Record-breaking partners slam Pakistan

FIRST BROAD ON BOARDAfter his maiden Test century, Stuart Broad had a dig at his father, who made six Test tons overseas, but never made the Lord’s honors board

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England’s Stuart Broad, right, celebrates with Jonathan Trott yesterday during their record partnership on the third day of the fourth NPower Test between England and Pakistan at Lord’s Cricket Ground in London, England.

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England, after losing the toss, were bowled out for 446 on the third day of the fourth and final Test against Pakistan at Lord’s yesterday.

Jonathan Trott was last man out for 184.

Trott and Stuart Broad (169) shared a new eight-wicket Test record stand of 332, surpassing the 313 shared by Wasim Akram (257 not out) and Saqlain Mushtaq (79) for Pakistan against Zimbabwe at Sheikhupura in 1996-1997.

Pakistan’s 18-year-old left-arm seamer Mohammad Aamer become the youngest bowler to 50 Test wickets in the course of taking six for 84.

England, 2-1 up in the series, resumed on 346 for seven.

Centuries from Trott, 149 not out overnight, and Broad, unbeaten on 125 after he had become only the third English No. 9 to make a Test century, had turned the match on its head on Friday.

They had joined forces at 102 for seven after Kevin Pietersen, Paul Collingwood, Eoin Morgan and Graeme Swann had all been dismissed for ducks by 18-year-old left-arm fast bowler Aamer.

Trott’s leg-side single off Aamer, to the first ball he faced yesterday, saw him to 150 off 303 balls, including 15 boundaries.

Broad then played a shot that would have pleased his father Chris, the former England opening batsman, when he square drove Aamer for four.

Conditions, with blue skies above Lord’s, were ideal for batting and Trott then took advantage of a rare loose delivery from Saeed Ajmal to late cut the off-spinner for four.

Broad went to 150 with a superb cover-driven boundary off Mohammad Asif worthy of one of the great left-handers of all-time, reaching the landmark in 273 balls, with a six and 14 fours.

Two balls later, Broad drove Asif between cover and mid-off for a four that took England to 400 — an unimaginable total when they were slumping to 39 for four on Friday morning.

Broad, dropped on 121 on Friday, then cover-drove left-arm seamer Wahab Riaz for a commanding boundary to set a new eighth-wicket world record, but his magnificent six-and-a-half hour innings came to an end when he missed a sweep against Ajmal.

An initial leg before wicket appeal was rejected by New Zealand’s Billy Bowden, but Broad was correctly given out on referral by Australian third umpire Steve Davis.

After close of play on Friday, Broad couldn’t resist having a sly dig at his father after his maiden Test century.

Chris Broad, now an ICC match referee, made six Test centuries, but they were all overseas and ­Stuart told reporters: “It’s a feeling I’ll remember for the rest of my life and it’s nice to be the first Broad up on that honors board.”

Broad said he was especially pleased by the way he had managed his innings.

“In my mind, I wanted to play quite freely, because it’s doing a bit here and anyone who tried to hang around was gone, so I had a licence to have a look,” the 24-year-old said after reaching three figures for the first time in what is his 32nd Test. “I wanted to be aggressive and take the attack to the bowlers, but I had to do it in a manner that I didn’t give my wicket away cheaply and I think I managed that.”

He also paid tribute to No. 3 Trott, whose century was his third in 13 Tests, saying: “He was out there for the whole collapse and saw the ball nipping around. That can easily get in a batsman’s mind, but he played with such clarity and picked up anything that was slightly a bad ball and put it away. It is a special effort and we all know what a great temperament he has.”

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