Stuart Broad became the 3rd Highest Wicket Taker In Test among pacers by surpassing Courtney Walsh, who held the record with 519 wickets in 132 test matches. Broad’s 520th victim in test cricket is Kiwi batsman Tom Latham, he trapped him in front of the wicket on the second day of the 2nd test match in the ongoing test series against New Zealand at Edgebaston, Birmingham.
Broad has taken the 2nd most wickets for England, after James Anderson, who has grabbed 616 wickets in the longest format of the game. He is also at the 6th number on the list of most scalps in the history of Tests, which is led by Srilankan legend Muttiah Muralitharan (800).
Stuart’s Broad Test Journey
Stuart Broad’s test journey has been really smooth. He made his first appearance in test cricket in 2007 against Sri Lanka in Colombo. He took only one wicket in that match. Broad bowls accurate in swingers to baffle the batsman on the crease, his 6ft 6-inch height gives him extra bounce to deceive the batsmen around the world. His first memorable test series was the 2009 Ashes series, where he bagged 18 wickets with the ball and 234 runs with the bat, including two 5-fors. Along with being an effective fast bowler, Broad is a handy batsman also. He scored his first test century at Lord’s against Pakistan in 2010.
In the 2011 test series against India, Broad bagged his first-ever test hat-trick in tests at Trent Bridge, the victims were MS Dhoni, Harbhajan Singh, and Praveen Kumar. After 2010, Broady didn’t have to look back and he has barely missed a test match. Australia has been Broad’s best country to perform against, his best bowling figure 8/15, came up against mighty Australia at Trent Bridge in the 2015 Ashes Series. Stuard Broad has the most test wickets in the Ashes series among current players (128).
Broad has also made a unique record in his name, the youngest fast bowler to take 400 test wickets at the age of 31 years and 271 days. He reached the milestone against New Zealand in Auckland in 2018. He went on to take his 500th test wicket against West Indies in 2020, dismissing the Caribbean opener Kraigg Brathwaite. So far, Broad has grabbed 520* wickets in 148 test matches with a captivating average of 27.81, including 18 5-wicket hauls. So convincingly, Broad is one of the greatest bowlers to ever play the game.
Stuart Broad’s Test Career