Veteran English paceman Stuart Broad accomplished another feat in the longest format of the game as he joined Australian pacer Glenn McGrath to become the joint second-highest wicket-taking paceman in the history of Test cricket.
Broad achieved the blitzing landmark in the third and the final test match against South Africa at the Kennington Oval in London.
With this, Broad also becomes the sixth most successful bowler in the history of test cricket. Broad has scalped 563 wickets in 159 test matches with an average of 27.84 and a bankable economy of 2.94. His most conventional bowling figures in the format are 8/15.
Australian veteran Glenn McGrath has also scaled 563 wickets but took only 124 tests with an average of 21.64 and an economy of 2.49. It is likely that Broad will surpass McGrath as he still has some spark left in his glittering career.
Meanwhile, Broad’s counterpart James Anderson is the most successful paceman in Test cricket. Anderson has grasped 665 wickets in 175 test matches with an average of 26.24 and a mind-blowing economy of 2.79. Anderson’s best figures in tests are 7/42.
Broad now joins the list of legendary test bowlers in the history of the game that include Muthiah Muralitharan (800), Shane Warner (708), James Anderson (665), Anil Kumble (619) and Glenn McGrath (563).
ENG vs SA 3rd Test: England bowlers demolished SA batting lineup
Coming to the ongoing test match, England demolished South Africa’s batting attack and bowled out the visitors for a mere total of 118, owing to spectacular bowling performances by Ollie Robinson (5/49) and Stuart Broad (4/41). Anderson chipped in a wicket apiece for his 56 runs.
England is 154/7 at Stump’s on Day 3 as we head towards a result of the decider test match. Ollie Pope (67) smashed a vital half-century whereas Macro Jensen (4/34) and Kagiso Rabada (2/78) led the bowling attack for the Proteas.