England pacer Stuart Broad wreaked havoc with his bat in the first innings also silenced his critics during the ongoing third and the final test match against West Indies at Old Trafford.
Broad was dropped from the side during the first test but he made a remarkable comeback in the second test, taking six wickets and also helped his side win by 113 runs. During the ongoing match, England has been dominating from the starting of the match, piling up 369 runs in the first innings and also restricted the visitors to 197 in their first innings.
Broad took six wickets in that innings as he helped in imposing a 172 runs trail on West Indies. Taking six wickets means, Broad reached 499 wickets in his 140th Test match. The right-arm pacer is just one wicket short of 500 wickets and also join his fellow mate James Anderson in the elite club of 500 Test wickets.
However, Broad wouldn’t be the fastest bowler to do so as the ones who have already reached this milestone and took fewer innings are Muttiah Muralitharan (87 matches), Anil Kumble (105) and Shane Warne (108), Glenn McGrath (110 matches) while Courtney Walsh and Anderson took 129 matches.
England opener Rory Burns even heaped praise on the pacer at the end of the 3rd day by saying, “It’s a pretty ridiculous achievement to get to 500 (Test wickets),”
“I’ll be standing at gully and hopefully I’m going to catch it if he gets a nick. It’s a nice place to be when his tail is up and he’s bowling like this.
“You feel every ball is going to come to you. We’ll be standing there waiting to catch it.” Burns further added.