On this day in 2020, Stuart Broad became only the seventh bowler in the world to pick 500 wickets in Test cricket. He also became the second Englishman after James Anderson to reach the feat.
He accomplished the feat after getting the wicket of Kraigg Braithwaite on the final day of the third and final Test at Old Trafford. Broad reached the milestone of picking 500 wickets in his 140th Test. Broad also dismissed the final wicket as England clinched a 269-run win in the match.
“He’s a great, not just of English cricket, but of the game,” former England captain Michael Vaughan had said, who gave Broad his first Test cap against Sri Lanka in 2007 after his colossal achievement.
“He’s got 500 wickets, maybe will get to 600 and he has been involved in so many Ashes series wins (four).”
Broad took 10 wickets in the game and helped England win the game by 269 runs. He took a six-for in the first innings, followed by 4 wickets in the second innings.
Muttiah Muralitharan currently holds the record for picking the most Test wickets. He has 800 wickets to his name, followed by Shane Warne (708) and Anil Kumble (619).
Stuart Broad, son of former England batter Chris, made his debut in Test cricket for England in 2007 at Colombo. He took only one wicket of Chaminda Vaas in that Test. That was his only wicket in that game. He returned with figures of 1 for 95.
In his illustrious Test Cricket career, Stuart Broad has played 148 Test matches, picking 523 wickets at an average of 27.7. It includes 18 five-wicket hauls and three 10-wicket hauls. In ODIs, he has represented England in 121 games and managed to pick 178 wickets at 30.1. Stuart Broad is no longer a mainstay in the white-ball format but is an integral part of the Test team. Currently, he has 18 five-wicket hauls in Test Cricket.