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How social media reacted to Stuart Broad's magical spell

As Stuart Broad took eight for 15 and England dismissed Australia for just 60 on the opening day of the fourth Ashes Test at Trent Bridge, records were being broken - but not just on the pitch.

With help from the leading social intelligence platform Synthesio, take a look at how social media users responded to Broad's spell of bowling - as well as Joe Root's batting late in the day.

First, here is an analysis of Stuart Broad's mentions throughout the day. Note the extraordinary peak during his historic spell in the morning session.

That came in the first 15 minutes when he took his first three wickets. Further activity around the other five wickets can also be spotted and people were still mentioning him as the day went on.

In the evening, people were emulating his look of surprise when Ben Stokes took a wonderful catch on social media and mentioning him.

Despite Joe Root leading social media mentions in the Ashes series so far, due to Stuart Broad’s astronomical bowling figures yesterday, he was able to surpass Root to gain 47.5 per cent of mentions yesterday.

However, Root may be disappointed that he did not again lead the share of voice with a score of 124 not out at the end of day one. 

The full picture above shows Mitchell Johnson and Michael Clarke in third and fourth place, with plenty of chatter around Clarke's lack of form, and speculation over his future in the game, as well as discussion about his innings - he and Johnson were the only Australians to reach double figures.

And what about the words that people were using to describe Broad's magical day?

The words in green indicate positive sentiment around yesterday’s highlights on social media at Trent Bridge, Nottingham for Stuart Broad.

Only one other English bowler has better figures in Ashes cricket - Jim Laker in 1956. This was Broad’s best bowling in Tests and best bowling figures at Trent Bridge.

In addition, you can see positive sentiment surrounding Alastair Cook’s aggressive captaincy and field placings that led to Ben Stokes taking what is arguably the catch of the Investec Ashes series.

Data visualisation and analysis from Synthesio

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