Stuart Broad has just experienced a day he will never forget, but is determined his maiden century will not go to waste against Pakistan at Lord's.
Broad (125no), who became only the third Englishman to make a Test hundred from number nine, went one up on his famous father and former opener Chris by doing so on the hallowed turf and shared a record eighth-wicket stand of 244 with Jonathan Trott (149no).
"They knew they obviously had us in trouble, and in the end they're probably a little bit disappointed with their day - because they would have been looking to knock us over," said Broad. "But we're certainly not ahead in this game just yet. We need to make sure we get some good runs in the morning."
A stumps total of 346 for seven on day two of the fourth npower Test therefore left Pakistan with a huge task on their hands in pursuit of a series-squaring victory.
Their prospects had seemed significant when Mohammad Aamer was busy reducing England to 47 for five. But from 102 for seven, Broad and Trott made a mockery of Pakistan's early high hopes.
Broad is confident too that, despite four English ducks - including from numbers four, five and six in the order - there is no reason to worry about the batting failures.
"There have been moments of magical bowling in this series.
"Aamer this morning was splendid. Some of those deliveries he bowled to the left-handers were brilliant.
"I don't think anyone in the England camp is particularly worried about the lack of runs in the middle order, because we know they're all world-class players - and it doesn't affect anything for the Ashes.
"They have been tricky batting conditions, and unfortunately a couple of them haven't scored runs."Reuse content