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Broad joins the 500 Wickets Test Club

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For the first time in history, two players in the same playing eleven with over 500 wickets to their name. (Picture Source: Twitter)

Stuart Broad just became the latest member to join the 500 wickets Test Club with the wicket of Kraigg Braithwaite. He becomes just the 7th bowler in Test History to achieve such a feat and only the 4th fast bowler in the history of the game and the 2nd Englishman behind his partner in crime James Anderson.

Among the 7 bowlers he has taken 140 Test matches to reach the milestone the slowest among all with Murali being the quickest at 87. He becomes the 4th fastest in terms of time taken from his debut taking 12 Years 228 Days to achieve the landmark and the 2nd fastest pacer behind Glen McGrath who stands at 11 Years and 251 Days.

Now the question on everyone’s mind is where does Broad go from here?

Broad recently turned 34 and is still in prime fitness and with England seeming to prolong his and James Anderson’s career who will be turning 38 very soon it will be interesting to see how the workload is managed. England in the next year and a half will be playing 18 Test matches which includes 3 against Pakistan in August, 5 against India in India in early 2021. The summer of 2021 will see England hosting India for a 5 match series and the year will end with an Ashes tour to Australia.

England will look to make use of his true potential and will be looking to rotate him as efficiently and be as effective as possible. He’s gotten better in the past year with wickets in the last years Ashes and in the series win in South Africa. With Jimmy playing even at 38 and beyond Broad will be looking to emulate his records and probably go beyond. Who knows he might end up with 650 or even more?

Out of his 501 Test wickets 321 have been in England but somehow people tend to undermine his effort saying “favourable conditions” and tend to forget that fast bowling is the most difficult thing to do in our sport and what the body goes through it.

We’re witnessing greatness in our midst whatever he ends up with from a cricketer who got hit with 6 sixes on that unfortunate night to now with 500 wickets this journey has been magnificent and long it may continue.

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