England’s veteran fast bowler Stuart Broad is on the cusp of joining the elite list of Test bowlers. Broad has scalped 491 wickets in 139 Test matches at an average of 28.38. Thus, the lanky pacer is nine wickets away from 500 wickets. Broad will become the fourth seamer to scale down 500 Test wickets after James Anderson, Courtney Walsh, and James Anderson and the seventh overall bowler in the history of the game.
Broad was dropped from the first Test match of the ongoing Wisden Trophy against the West Indies. The experienced fast bowler was gutted and disappointed after he was dropped and he thought that he deserved his chance in the final XI. However, Broad was finally able to get his chance in the second Test match at Old Trafford, Manchester.
Stuart Broad has been brilliant for England
The tall fast bowler proved his worth as he picked six wickets in the second Test match. In fact, the West Indies were going strong in the first innings of the second Test match as they were 242-4. However, it was Broad who provided an opening and took three wickets with the new ball to get England back into the contest.
Subsequently, Broad once again took three wickets in the second innings with the new ball and provided a fine start to his team. The veteran fast bowler used all of his experience and troubled the opposition bowlers with his skills. Broad was able to get the seam movement from the pitch and bowled in the right areas to get his wickets.
Meanwhile, Stuart Broad will be the slowest to get to 500 Test wickets. Muttiah Muralitharan had reached the milestone in 87 Test matches whereas Anil Kumble got there in 105 and Warne took 108 Test matches.
On the other hand, Glenn McGrath completed 500 wickets in his 110th Test whereas Courtney Walsh and James Anderson completed the landmark in 129 Test matches.