ENG vs WI: Stuart Broad completes 500 Test wickets, becomes second Englishman to do so

ENG vs WI: Stuart Broad completes 500 Test wickets, becomes second Englishman to do so
Stuart Broad completes 500 Test wickets (Image Source: Twitter)

England’s speedster Stuart Broad achieved the golden milestone in his Test career during the fifth day of the third Test against West Indies at Old Trafford. The right-arm bowler registered his 500th Test wicket by dismissing Kraigg Brathwaite lbw on the morning of the final day’s play in Manchester.

Broad got to the landmark in the 14th over of West Indies’ second innings. Incidentally, Brathwaite was also Broad’s partner-in-crime James Anderson’s 500th Test scalp.

Broad has now become only the seventh bowler in the history of Test cricket to pick 500 wickets. He is the second Englishman to get there after Anderson. Overall, Sri Lanka spinner Muttiah Muralitharan leads the list with 800 scalps to his name.

The 500 wicket club:

  • 800 โ€“ Muttiah Muralitharan (victim: M Kasprowicz)
  • 708 โ€“ Shane Warne (victim: H Tillakaratne)
  • 619 โ€“ Anil Kumble (victim: S Harmison)
  • 589 โ€“ James Anderson (victim: K Brathwaite)
  • 563 โ€“ Glenn McGrath (victim: M Trescothick)
  • 519 โ€“ Courtney Walsh (victim: J Kallis)
  • 500 โ€“ Stuart Broad (victim: K Brathwaite)*

Broad took 28,430 deliveries to reach the 500 Test wickets benchmark. Mcgrath has taken the least number of balls; (25,528) to achieve the feat.

Balls taken to 500 wickets:

  • 25528 โ€“ McGrath
  • 28150 โ€“ Anderson
  • 28430 โ€“ Broad*
  • 28833 โ€“ Walsh
  • 29511 โ€“ Muralitharan
  • 30200 โ€“ Warne
  • 32959 โ€“ Kumble

The Nottingham-born pacer accomplished the feat in his 140th Test. Muralitharan took only 87 Tests to reach the 500 Test wickets landmark.

Tests taken to 500 wickets:

  • 87 โ€“ Muralitharan
  • 105 โ€“ Kumble
  • 108 โ€“ Warne
  • 110 โ€“ McGrath
  • 129 โ€“ Walsh/ Anderson
  • 140 โ€“ Broad*

Here are Stuart Broad’s most important wickets:

  • 1st โ€“ Chaminda Vaas
  • 100th โ€“ Prasanna Jayawardene
  • 200th โ€“ Chris Rogers
  • 300th โ€“ Steven Smith
  • 400th โ€“ BJ Watling
  • 500th โ€“ Kraigg Brathwaite*

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