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Broad Joins the 500 Test Wickets Club

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Broad Joins the 500 Test Wickets Club

England pace bowler Stuart Broad has become the latest to join the exclusive club of men who have taken 500 wickets or more in test cricket. His dismissal of Kraigg Braithwaite lbw on the final morning of the third test against the West Indies at Old Trafford, made him only the seventh man in history to achieve that feat.

And of those still playing the game, only his strike partner Jimmy Anderson has taken more wickets.

In fact, Braithwaites dismissal saw him make his own piece of test history, as he also gave Anderson his 500th wicket as well.

Broad reached his milestone in his 140th test for England, and he has a realistic chance of overhauling West Indian legend Courtney Walsh on the all-time list before he retires.

It has been a perfect comeback for Broad who was controversially left out of the first match of the current series. Publicly insisting he was not finished at international level, he returned for the second test, and took six wickets, with his spell with the second new balls in the West Indies setting England on the path to victory.

He has made an even greater impact in the current match, making 62 with the bat in the England first innings, and then taking 6/31 as the West Indies were bowled out for 197.

He finished with ten wickets in a match for the first time since 2013 as England won by 269 runs.

Despite his achievement, he still has a long way to go before he catches some of the men above him in the rankings.

The all-time list is led by Sri Lankan spinner Muttiah Muralitharan, who finished his career having taken exactly 800 wickets at an average of 22.72.

Following him is another spinner, Australian Shane Warne, who took 708 wickets in 145 tests, followed by Indias Anil Kumble, who amassed 619 wickets in his test career.

The next three men on the list are all pace bowlers Anderson, and the retired duo of Australias Glenn McGrath and Walsh.

As for who might next join the 500 club, the two most likely candidates are the spin pair of Australias Nathan Lyon and Indias Ravichandran Ashwin. They both have some way to go though. Lyon has 390 Test wickets and Ashwin 362.

However, neither of the pair are in the first flush of youth Lyon is 32 and Ashwin 33 and whether they can stay fit enough and continue to be picked by their countries remains must be in doubt.

Suneer chowdhary
Sports Pundit staff writer @suneerchowdhary
ICC-accredited cricket journalist, covers Team India through their cricketing journey around the world

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