On Tuesday, England seamer Stuart Broad became one of the few bowlers to cross the elusive mark of 500 Test wickets. The Nottinghamshire pacer claimed his 500th wicket in this 140th Test. It was also his 9th wicket in the match after claiming six wickets in the first innings to put England on the driving seat and firmly in line to regain the Wisden Trophy.
So far, only six bowlers other than Broad have managed to cross the milestone. Not only it takes fitness but also exceptional hunger to make those achievements in their name. While Stuart Broad did not have the desired start to his Test career 13 years ago, he established himself as one of the top-notch bowlers of the nation.
We take a look at six bowlers who have crossed the milestone of 500 Test scalps:
Stuart Broad – 501
Having made his Test debut in 2007, Stuart Broad has established himself as one of the most decorated English bowlers of this era and is the latest entrant to this club. Stuart Broad’s 500th Test victim arrived in Manchester and was Kraigg Brathwaite. While the 34-year old’s first couple of years was not very fruitful, the 2009 Ashes at home was the turning point. He took a fifer at the Oval as England regained the urn from their arch-rivals.
Broad’s best spell of bowling also came against Australia in 2015 in Nottingham. He took eight wickets for 15 runs in the first innings to roll out Michael Clarke’s men for 60. Having crossed the 500-wicket barrier, the veteran arguably has the hunger to achieve more. Former English captain Michael Atherton has backed him to reach even 600 Test scalps.