England veteran Stuart Broad became just the seventh player in Test cricket to reach 500 wickets and he feels like it’s a feat which may not be repeated much anymore.
Among his 10 scalps was his 500th in Test cricket, joining the likes of teammate Jimmy Anderson and legends like Muttiah Muralitharan, Shane Warne, Anil Kumble, Glenn McGrath and Courtney Walsh in the exclusive club.
“Someone is going to have to play a lot of cricket because there is a lot of competition out there, between different T20 leagues franchises, 100-ball,” Broad said.
“I feel very lucky to have played for England in an era where we’ve played a lot of Test cricket in the summer and a lot in the winter.
“I think there’s talk of thinning the amount of Tests we play in a summer down. You need a lot of Test matches to get 500 wickets.
“I think there’ll be people who have the talent to get the numbers but whether they’ll be able to play the amount of Test cricket the seam bowlers have to get that feat remains to be seen.”
Broad was omitted for the First Test but made an emphatic statement with his impact in the second and third Tests to reiterate his England career is far from over despite his age.
I never said I really want to get to 500 wickets or 600 wickets,” he said.
“Im someone who looks pretty short term but at the moment I feel fresh, I feel fit. Im bowling how I want to be bowling, challenging the outside edge to bring the bat into play, the slips into play, LBW and bowled into play.
“We bowl for one reason and one reason only and that is to take wickets that can help secure Test match wins and Test series wins. Its great to sit here knowing that I have come into an attack that has had an influence on us winning a series.