Stuart Broad's recently acquired Test match batting record may encourage ridicule from teammates, but the England star realises his resolute knock in Auckland will be one to be proud of when he reflects on his international career.
The 26-year-old played an important hand during England's determined draw against New Zealand in March and, in the process, claimed an unwanted batting first on that tense final afternoon of the third Test.
Alongside Matt Prior - who rightly took the plaudits for an inspiring unbeaten 110 - Broad took 103 minutes, and 62 balls, to notch the first run of his innings - the longest it has taken any player to get off the mark in Test cricket.
It was quite a turnaround for a player more renowned as a stroke-maker than a lower-order blocker - as displayed with a fine 169 against Pakistan at Lord's in 2010 - but Broad is pleased he can abandon big-hitting for disciplined batting when the situation requires.
"I get stick for it," Broad told The Guardian. "I'm known as a striker of the ball. Swanny [Graeme Swann] and me got the second-fastest Test century partnership ever [against Australia in 2009].
"So to think I'd ever have that 103-minute record is crazy. But when we got the 50 partnership I was still on 0. The New Zealanders were hanging round the bat, making sarcastic comments, but my discipline pleased me.
"I had six slips and there were gaps everywhere. I was thinking: 'Wow, easy runs here.' But it was all about having no backlift and being as dogged as we could."
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