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Friday 22 August 2014

The Ashes 2013-14: Stuart Broad's five star performance quietens Australian hecklers to give England the advantage on day one

BRISBANE, AUSTRALIA - NOVEMBER 21:  Stuart Broad of England salutes the crowd as he leaves the field after day one of the First Ashes Test match between Australia and England at The Gabba on November 21, 2013 in Brisbane, Australia.  (Photo by Gareth Copley/Getty Images)
BRISBANE, AUSTRALIA - NOVEMBER 21: Stuart Broad of England salutes the crowd as he leaves the field after day one of the First Ashes Test match between Australia and England at The Gabba on November 21, 2013 in Brisbane, Australia. (Photo by Gareth Copley/Getty Images)
BRISBANE, AUSTRALIA - NOVEMBER 21:  Stuart Broad of England celebrates taking the wicket of Chris Rogers of Australia during day one of the First Ashes Test match between Australia and England at The Gabba on November 21, 2013 in Brisbane, Australia.  (Photo by Mark Kolbe/Getty Images)
BRISBANE, AUSTRALIA - NOVEMBER 21: Stuart Broad of England celebrates taking the wicket of Chris Rogers of Australia during day one of the First Ashes Test match between Australia and England at The Gabba on November 21, 2013 in Brisbane, Australia. (Photo by Mark Kolbe/Getty Images)
BRISBANE, AUSTRALIA - NOVEMBER 21:  Stuart Broad of England celebrates after taking his fifth wicket after dismissing Mitchell Johnson of Australia during day one of the First Ashes Test match between Australia and England at The Gabba on November 21, 2013 in Brisbane, Australia.  (Photo by Scott Barbour/Getty Images)
BRISBANE, AUSTRALIA - NOVEMBER 21: Stuart Broad of England celebrates after taking his fifth wicket after dismissing Mitchell Johnson of Australia during day one of the First Ashes Test match between Australia and England at The Gabba on November 21, 2013 in Brisbane, Australia. (Photo by Scott Barbour/Getty Images)

Stuart Broad's actions spoke loudest as he answered the boos of the Gabba crowd with five wickets to give England the advantage on day one of the Ashes.

Broad is the Englishman Australians currently love to and are encouraged here to hate, after his at times controversial role in last summer's 3-0 Ashes victory, and he duly gave them five more reasons to do so.

He was the driving force as the hosts were reduced to 132 for six by mid-afternoon - before Brad Haddin (78no) and Mitchell Johnson (64) redressed the balance in a much-needed century stand on the way to a stumps total of 273 for eight, which was still below par after Australia had chosen to bat in sunny conditions.

Predictably booed when announced to bowl the second over after a James Anderson maiden, Broad took the first wicket of the series with just 12 runs on the board.

David Warner and Shane Watson appeared to settle home nerves with a half-century stand, only for Broad to strike again either side of lunch with the next three to fall - including the prize of home captain Michael Clarke for just a single.

Broad (five for 65) began his Ashes by dropping short a no-ball which Warner pulled for four, the first delivery he faced - much to the delight of the home support.

With only his seventh legitimate delivery, though, Broad struck.

On a pitch providing plenty of bounce, but no evident sideways movement, he had Chris Rogers splicing a simple catch to gully to depart for just a single.

In the same over, number three Watson was under way off Broad with an unconvincing poke for three just over the head of Michael Carberry at point.

Broad's next over then started with a ramp shot by Warner high over the slips which bounced only a few yards inside the rope at a fine third-man.

Anderson had a less hectic but impressive initial spell, four overs at the cost of just seven runs before being replaced by Chris Tremlett at the Vulture Street end.

Australia were set to close out the morning until Watson pushed out on the back foot at Broad and was very well-caught by Graeme Swann, diving away to his right at second slip.

Clarke kept out the remainder of the over. But to the very first short ball from Broad after lunch, he could not get out of the way and gloved a simple catch to short-leg.

Warner undid his good work, one short of his 50, when he mistimed an attempted back-foot force off Broad straight to cover to complete a damaging sequence of three wickets for 12 runs.

It was an especially tame end to a spirited innings from the combative opener - and although debutant George Bailey then began confidently with an on-drive off Broad for three first ball, he made no more runs from another 14 before edging the deserving Anderson low to first slip in back-foot defence.

Steve Smith and Haddin added 32, before the former succumbed to Tremlett - playing on the back foot at one he perhaps did not need to, and edging low to Alastair Cook at slip.

Broad returned again, to more obligatory boos - hitting Haddin on the helmet with one short ball - but Johnson brought up the 150 just before tea with a six from the crease over long on off Swann.

Australia's seventh-wicket partnership shed fresh light both on the failures of those above them, and England's potential vulnerability with the old ball in this series.

There was to be no reverse-swing, thanks to a lush outfield - and virgin square - and there was little if any help for Swann either.

Tremlett was deployed in a holding role, but the lack of his old pace must be a concern for the tourists.

Haddin and Johnson made the most of those factors, taking 100 and 115 balls respectively over their half-centuries with nine fours and three sixes between them.

England were holding out for the second new ball by then, and Broad did the trick with it when he swung one back to bowl Johnson as the left-hander looked to attack again.

It was a low point of the day, though, that - as Broad held the ball up to the crowd to mark his 11th five-wicket haul in Tests - the boos rang out again.

Ashes 'banter' aside, that incongruous noise did no one any credit on a day which ended with more English smiles when Cook took his third slip catch as Peter Siddle fell to Anderson.

Stuart Broad's bunch of fives

Stuart Broad responded to the Australian boo-boys in fine fashion on the first day of the Ashes series in Brisbane as he claimed his fifth five-wicket haul against the old enemy from Down Under.

Here we take a look back at the Nottinghamshire paceman's previous efforts to get on the bowling honours board against Australia.

HEADINGLEY 2009 (six for 91)

During the Test that proved to be the low point of England's 2009 series triumph, Broad was the only man to provide any resistance as the home side were beaten by an innings and 80 runs. The bowlers were left to try and bail out their batting counterparts as England were dismissed for 102 in the first innings and Broad claimed six victims including Ricky Ponting and Michael Hussey. He also cleaned up the tail as the tourists made 445, and then contributed 61 with the bat second time around.

THE OVAL 2009 (five for 37)

Australia's victory at Headingley had set up a winner-takes-all Test and Broad came to the fore as he dismantled the top order to help England lay the platform for victory. Andrew Strauss' men had posted 332 in their first innings and Australia were 73 without loss before Broad reduced them to 93 for four. He removed Shane Watson, Ponting, Hussey and Michael Clarke in a ferocious spell as Australia crumbled to 160 all out. Broad also claimed a wicket in the second innings but the damage had largely been done as England won the match by 197 runs and reclaimed the urn.

CHESTER-LE-STREET 2013 (five for 71)

The pressure was on Broad after he claimed just six wickets in the opening three Tests of the 2013 series and he stepped up to the plate with a stunning display at Durham. England had been bowled out for 238 in their first innings but another devastating early spell from Broad helped to calm any nerves. He removed David Warner and Usman Khawaja with the final ball of consecutive overs and also got Michael Clarke as the tourists slipped to 49 for three. Broad took two further wickets as Australia claimed a 32-run first-innings lead but the best was yet to come...

CHESTER-LE-STREET 2013 (six for 50)

England made 330 in their second innings, leaving Australia needing 299 to win and still have a chance of rescuing a draw in the series. The tourists were making good progress at 174 for three but when Clarke fell to Broad it sparked a collapse that saw them lose their last seven wickets for just 50 runs, with Broad claiming six of them. The paceman ripped through the lower order to finish with career-best match figures of 11 for 121 as England won by 74 runs and claimed an unassailable 3-0 series lead.

BRISBANE 2013 (five for 65 - on day one)

Broad had become the pantomime villain in the build up to the return series following his refusal to walk in the opening Test of the summer at Trent Bridge, with the Brisbane Courier-Mail even refusing to mention his name or show his face in match coverage. He was roundly booed as he began his spell and handed the crowd just what they wanted with a first-ball no-ball which David Warner hooked for four. Broad removed Chris Rogers with the first ball of his following over, however, and Watson, Clarke and Warner all followed before the wicket of Mitchell Johnson allowed him to raise the ball to the crowd for the first time Down Under.

Timeline: Stuart Broad's anti-hero status Down Under

Stuart Broad has become the Englishman thousands of Australian cricket supporters love to hate.

July 12: Broad chooses not to walk in the first Ashes Test at Trent Bridge after being given not-out by umpire Aleem Dar, despite having edged a ball from Ashton Agar - via wicketkeeper Brad Haddin's gloves - to first slip. He goes on to make 65 in England's second innings, and a dramatic and controversial match ends in a 14-run home win.

August 21: On day one of the final Test at The Oval, Australia coach Darren Lehmann spectacularly breaks ranks - after a month of diplomacy on the issue - in an interview on Sydney-based radio station Triple M. He accuses Broad of "blatant cheating", and adds: "Certainly our players haven't forgotten - they're calling him everything under the sun as they go past ... I just hope the Australian public give it to him right from the word go for the whole summer, and I hope he cries and he goes home. I just hope everyone gets stuck into him because the way he's carried on and the way he's commented in public about it is ridiculous."

August 23: The International Cricket Council announce Lehmann will be fined 20 per cent of his match fee - around £2,000 - for his remarks about Broad.

August 26: One day after England complete their 3-0 Ashes series win, coach Andy Flower concedes they will be using extra security around the team on tour in Australia for the rematch - amid speculation that Broad in particular will be targeted by Australian crowds and media.

October 28: Broad is asked by his former England captain Michael Vaughan, in an interview on the BBC's Radio 5 Live, whether he would stand his ground again if the same circumstances were revisited in Australia. He tells him: "Yes. I won't nick; I'll hit it for four."

November 5: Still little more than a week into England's tour, long before hostilities begin in earnest at the Gabba, Melbourne-based company Googandjerra try to tap into the national antipathy to Broad by printing up a T-shirt. Its slogan, inside a circular Union Jack against a black background and next to a generic, tall left-handed batsman, reads: 'Never Forgive. Cheating is a Broad Church'.

November 19: Broad is described as a 'sook' - Aussie slang for sulk - by David Warner, the combative opener who received plenty of flak from English crowds himself last summer after punching Joe Root in a Birmingham bar. Broad was accused of having two hecklers removed from the SCG during the previous week's tour match, but strenuously denied any such incident.

November 21: On the morning of the first Test, Brisbane-based newspaper Courier Mail announces a 'Broadband' publicity stunt - his name will not be mentioned in reports, whatever his impact on the match. Broad, constantly booed throughout, responds with figures of five for 65 as Australia close day one on 273 for eight.

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