Stuart Broad, the English pacer joined one of the cricket’s most elite clubs when he took his 500th test wicket on Tuesday. The 34-year-old pacemaker became the seventh bowler to reach the milestone when he got West Indies opener, Kraigg Brathwaite, to get out lbw for 19 at Old Trafford on the fifth and final day of the third Test, with England moving towards a victory that would see them take the series 2-1. Broad had been on a wait at 499 wickets when, after taking eight wickets in this match, the rain washed all day on Monday.
He was then frustrated by a sound bump early Tuesday before a new outbreak of rain forced players to leave the field for about 16 minutes.
Shortly after the game resumed, Broad fired Brathwaite with a long-running delivery that hit the rear pad, and the opener didn’t even bother to review referee Michael Gough’s decision because he was clearly out.
Brathwaite’s departure left the West Indies, chasing a big goal of 399 for the win, 45-3.
Coincidentally, Brathwaite was also the fired hitter when James Anderson, England’s former Broadball colleague Broad, took his 500th test position at Lord’s in September 2017.
Broad’s 10 wicket haul
Broad, now taken a 10 wicket haul in the third match of this series, after being controversially omitted from the England side that lost the first Test at Southampton by four wickets.
That followed at 6-31 haul from him in the scant first few entries of 197 tourists.
That was in response to 369 England, which had 62 from Broad playing at No. 10.
Although viewers are not allowed to attend a biosecurity series marking the return of the international coronavirus cricket, his father Chris, a former England opening batsman, was at Old Trafford to witness the achievement of his son as referee of the game.
The trio of former spinners are the only bowlers with over 600 trial wickets: Muttiah Muralitharan (800) from Sri Lanka, Shane Warne (708) from Australia, and Anil Kumble from India (619).
The only pacers ahead of him are Anderson (589 wickets) and Australian Glenn McGrath (563) and Courtney Walsh of the West Indies (519), both retired.