Former England captain Michael Vaughan congratulated the 34-year-old English pacer Stuart Broad for becoming the second English bowler to complete 500 Test wickets. While Vaughan always felt that Broad would have a good Test career, he didn’t think about Broad’s latest achievement during his early international career.
On the final day of the last Test of the three-match home Test series against West Indies at Manchester, England pacer Stuart Broad completed his 500 Test wickets after dismissing the Caribbean opener and Test vice-captain Kraigg Brathwaite (19). During that dismissal, Broad trapped the right-handed opening batsman lbw.
After picking up that wicket, Broad became the second English bowler, fourth pacer and seventh bowler to complete 500 Test wickets. Though he is the slowest bowler to achieve this feat as he reached this milestone in 140 Tests, his domination and success in Test career are highly impressive.
After this latest Test match, Broad has taken 501 wickets in 140 Tests. Among England’s most Test wicket-takers, Broad is only behind of James Anderson who has picked up 589 wickets in 153 Tests.
Michael Vaughan was the captain of the England team when Stuart Broad made his Test debut
Broad made his Test debut in December 2007 during the Colombo, SSC Test against the hosts Sri Lanka. At that time, Michael Vaughan was leading the English Test team. Under Vaughan’s leadership, Broad played nine international matches, eight Tests and only ODI.
After Broad completed 500 Test wickets, Vaughan congratulated the 34-year-old pacer and also opened up his early feeling about Broad. Though Vaughan earlier never thought about Broad’s 500-Test-wicket milestone, he always felt that the player would have a successful Test career.
On his social media accounts, Vaughan posted one of their early days’ picture with Broad holding his Test cap and wrote, “Always felt he was going to have a good Test career but I didn’t have 500 Test wickets in the equation !!! Skill, resilience, hard work, stubbornness And when you think he started out as a Batsman. A great lesson to all young cricketers Congrats @stuartbroad8 #500.”
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Always felt he was going to have a good Test career but I didn’t have 500 Test wickets in the equation !!! Skill,resilience,hard work,stubbornness … And when you think he started out as a Batsman … A great lesson to all young cricketers … Congrats @stuartbroad8 #500 #TestCricket