STUART BROAD added three wickets to his huge haul following a phone row with Michael Vaughan.
Broad and James Anderson showed they are in no mood to be pensioned off as they helped rout Pakistan for 174 all out on day one of the Second Test.
There was a compelling sub-plot because it came after their old captain Vaughan floated the idea on the radio that one of them — probably Broad — should be dropped.
Vaughan thought it would ruffle feathers in England’s dressing room following the disaster of Lord’s. But the only feathers ruffled yesterday belonged to Pakistani batsmen.
Broad said: “I called him and expressed my disappointment in his comments.
“I’m very open to criticism, especially if it is justified. But I felt this criticism was unfair and targeted.
“To say feathers need ruffling is a complete shot in the dark.
“I don’t think he has much insight into the England changing room, I don’t think the players talk to him about cricket or what’s going on. I think it was a bit of a wild guess.
“I’m friends with Vaughany, he was a fantastic captain to me and gave me a great opportunity. I like sharing a glass of wine with him, he’s great company and I won’t hold a grudge.
“There’s no point my feelings spinning around and annoying me.
“Better to get it off my chest. I think I might have reignited a few things but I’m sure it will be fine!”
Vaughan was at Headingley yesterday working for Channel 5 and Test Match Special and he said on the radio: “If Broad is sticking two fingers up at me with the way he bowled, that’s fantastic.”
Broad, 31, and 35-year-old Anderson shared six wickets and have now taken 952 between them in Test cricket. We can expect them to reach the magic four figures sometime next winter.
By the close, England reached 106-2 with Alastair Cook and Keaton Jennings compiling England’s first half-century opening stand for 13 innings.
Jennings, playing his first Test since August, nicked off for 29 and then Cook was caught off the glove down the legside just before stumps.
Broad, Anderson and the recalled Chris Woakes exploited conditions which allowed the ball to behave like a boomerang. Woakes’ three wickets were his first in first-class cricket this year.
Pakistan might have been rolled even more cheaply because they were 79-7 at one stage.
This was a vastly-improved performance from England and, it was needed after the humiliation of the First Test.
After a poor Ashes series, Broad spent many solitary winter hours indoors at Trent Bridge tinkering with his action. Now he is bowling with renewed vigour and threat.
It proves that Broad refuses to rest on his laurels even though he is advancing to the end of his career.
Anderson required no such remedies because he has enjoyed a stellar 12 months, taking 68 wickets in the past year at an average below 20. He says he has never bowled better for longer.
So maybe there was an element of mischief rather than serious cricket logic in Vaughan’s suggestion. There was also a wicket for Sam Curran, who made his England debut when Ben Stokes was ruled out after a scan revealed a tear in his left hamstring.
Curran and his brother Tom — who played in the final two Ashes Tests — became the first brothers to represent England since Adam and Ben Hollioake back in the 1990s.
Sam Curran is 20 tomorrow so became only the seventh teenager to play for England.
The pitch looked brown and dry and good for batting. Sarfraz Ahmed had no hesitation when he won the toss — but the microclimate in this part of Leeds sometimes means the ball swings and swerves prodigiously.
Sure enough, Broad and Anderson got it hooping round corners.
Broad thought he had a wicket with his second ball when Imam-ul-Haq was given out lbw. But a review showed it was going over the top. From the final delivery of his opening over, however, Imam slashed and was held by Root at third slip.
Azhar Ali was struck in front and Haris Sohail nicked to second slip.
Wickets continued falling as Asad Shafiq edged to first slip, Sarfraz was bowled via his pad and debutant Usman Salahuddin leg before.
When Faheem Ashraf was lbw, Pakistan were in terrible trouble at 79-7. But a lower-order flurry, led by the impressive 19-year-old leg-spin bowler Shadab Khan, helped Pakistan more than double their total.
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