England pace bowler Stuart Broad on Thursday completed 100 Test wickets at the iconic Lord’s during the second day of the first Test between England and South Africa.
Broad dismissed South Africa wicketkeeper Kyle Verreynne for 11 in the final session of the day. The England seamer bowled a wobbling away delivery to induce the edge of the batter, Ben Foakes completed a comfortable catch behind to hand Broad his 100th Test wicket at the venue.
Stuart Broad joins James Anderson in bagging 100 Test wickets at Lord’s
Broad joined his best friend and long-time new-ball partner James Anderson to achieve 100 Test wickets at the Home of Cricket. The latter has accounted for 117 Test wickets at the most celebrated venues of cricket.
Broad has picked 100 wickets in 26 Tests at Lord’s at an average of 28.44 with the best figures of 7/44 against New Zealand in May 2013. The Nottinghamshire hasn’t picked more than 50 wickets at any other venue in the world, his 49 scalps at Headingley in 11 games is the second best tally.
With 553 wickets in 157 Tests, Broad is inching toward Australian great Glenn McGrath’s tally of 563. If the England bowler gets 10 more wickets in this series then he will topple McGrath at fifth spot in the list of all-time leading Test wicket-takers.
South Africa lead by 124 runs at the end of Day 2
Earlier in the day, England were bowled out for a paltry 165 as South Africa bowling spearhead Kagiso Rabada claimed 5/52, his 12th Test five-wicket haul and first at Lord’s.
South Africa openers Dean Elgar and Sarel Erwee banked on the opportunity set by the bowlers. The pair played its shots targeting Matty Potts and Stuart Broad, while respecting the good deliveries of James Anderson.
Anderson got the much-needed breakthrough for England after he sent Elgar with the ball ricocheting the batter’s body before clipping the bails in a bizarre dismissal.
England skipper Ben Stokes chipped in with regular wickets to finish the day at 3/53. Stokes got the wickets of Erwee, Rassie van der Dussen and Keshav Maharaj.
South Africa took a lead of 124 after Marco Jansen (41 not out) and Keshav Maharaj (41) built a strong partnership worth 72 runs.