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The Broad legacy spells bunnies and club members

by  Deepu Narayanan  •  Last updated on 2020-07-28 19:50:00
After an entire days play lost to rain which kept him waiting on 499 wickets Stuart Broad trapped Kraigg Brathwaite leg before wicket in his seventh over to becomes the seventh bowler to reach the 500wicket milestoneHeres a look at the career of the lanky pacer from Nottingham who made his debut a href=livecricketscorecard3846slvseng2ndtestenglandinsrilankatestseries2007in 20077 Broad is the seventh bowler overall fourth pacer and second Englishman to reach the 500wicket club He made his debut against Sri Lanka at Colombo SSC in December 2007 and picked his 100th wicket in his 35th Test (2011) 200th in his 60th Test (2013) 300th in his 83rd (2015) and 400th in his 115th (2018)The 500wicket club118 Wickets taken by Broad in Ashes contests the most he has taken against an opposition He currently sits in the seventh position in the leading wickettakers table in Ashes only behind Ian Botham (128) and Bob Willis (123) among England bowlers Of the 118 scalps 84 have come in 20 home Tests at 2619 while 12 matches Down Under have accounted for 34 wickets at 3717815 The best figures for Broad which came in the fourth Ashes Test at his home ground a href=livecricketscorecard13754engvsaus4thtesttheashes2015at Trent Bridge in 2015 It is the secondbest figures for an England seamer in Test cricket behind Devon Malcolms 957 against South Africa at the Oval in 1994 It also happens to be the best figures by a seamer in the 138year long Ashes clashes2267 Broads average in Test cricket since March 2018 He has taken 101 wickets in 26 Tests in this period with a wicket every 485 balls His career average at the time of 500th wicket reads 2798 which happens to be the first time his career average fell below 2813 Instances of Broad picking five or more wickets in a days play the last of which came on the third day of the ongoing third Test against West Indies in Manchester Since his debut no other fast bowler has achieved the feat as often with James Anderson coming in second with 11 such efforts7 Instances of Broad taking fiveplus wickets in a spell Since 2001 no other fast bowler has achieved the feat as many times with Glenn McGrath coming in a close second with six such effortsThe Broad spells2 Hattricks taken by Broad in Test cricket one of the four bowlers and the only England player to take two hat tricks Broads hattricks came against India at Trent Bridge in 2011 and against Sri Lanka at Leeds in 2014 The other bowlers to perform the feat multiple times are the Australian duo of Hugh Trumble and Jimmy Mathews and Pakistans Wasim Akram12 Number of time Broad has dismissed David Warner the most he dismissed any batsman Seven of these dismissals came in Ashes 2019 which makes it the joint most a batsman got out to a bowler in a series Broad has accounted for Michael Clarke 11 times Ross Taylor and AB de Villiers ten times each Steve Smith has fallen the most times to Broad eight though he averages 592 per dismissal and gets dismissed only once every 1112 ballsAmong all the batsmen to whom Broad bowled at least 200 balls the only one he failed to dismiss even once was West Indies opener Devon Smith who faced 215 balls without getting dismissedBroads bunnies894 Wickets taken by Broad and Anderson in the 117 Tests played together by the duo is the most by a fast bowling duo and secondmost by any pair behind 1001 wickets in the 104 Tests that Shane Warne and Glenn McGrath played together* All stats correct till Broads 500thwicket