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Stats – Stuart Broad joins the elite 600-wicket club

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600 Number of wickets for Stuart Broad in Test cricket. He is now only the fifth man to reach the milestone and the second England player after James Anderson (688). The English duo of Broad and Anderson are the only pacers to be part of the 600-wicket club.

394 Broad’s Test wickets on England soil. These are the third-most wickets for a bowler at home in the format, next only to Muthiah Muralidaran’s 493 in Sri Lanka and Anderson’s 432 in England.

149 Wickets for Broad in the Ashes, the most by an England player, surpassing Ian Botham’s 148 scalps. Broad is now the third-highest wicket-taker in the Ashes, behind only Shane Warne (195) and Glenn McGrath (157). Broad’s 149 wickets versus Australia are also the most by any bowler against them.

17 Number of times David Warner has got out to Broad in Test cricket, the joint-third most dismissals for a batter against a bowler in the format. Broad had Warner’s wicket in both innings of a Test on four occasions, the joint-most times any bowler had dismissed a particular batter twice in a Test.

6 Number of batters dismissed by Broad on ten or more instances in Test cricket. No other bowler has had ten or more dismissals against six different players. The next best is the 10-plus dismissals of five players by McGrath, Curtly Ambrose, Kapil Dev, Malcolm Marshall and Courtney Walsh.

19.9 Broad’s bowling strike rate when taking a five-wicket haul in Test cricket. The strike rate gives an idea of how Broad runs through the opponents when on a roll, as only Vernon Philander has a better strike rate during five-wicket hauls (Bowlers with ten or more five-wicket hauls).

167 Test wickets for Broad since the start of 2019, the highest for any bowler in this period. Broad, who played 42 Test matches in this period, had struck once every 48 balls and averaged less than 24. 62 out of those 167 wickets were picked by Broad when he came around the wicket, at an average of 20.96.

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