Stats: Stuart Broad joins the elite '500 wickets in Test cricket' club

Stats: Stuart Broad joins the elite ‘500 wickets in Test cricket’ club

Here are some stats and numbers that Stuart Broad created with the ball in his Test career.

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Stuart Broad. (Photo by Martin Rickett/PA Images via Getty Images)

Stuart Broad spent a complete day’s play stranded on 499 Test wickets but didn’t take much time on final day morning to join the elite club of bowlers to have taken 500 Test wickets. He trapped the West Indies opener, Kraigg Brathwaite, in front to complete the milestone in a Test where his father Chris Broad was officiating. Broad didn’t have the greatest of starts to his Test career that began at an early age of 21. His average read as high as 40 mid-way through 2009 after nearly 20 months into the format. Broad’s bowling average came under 30 since 2015 in a year where he took 56 wickets from only 14 Test matches.

Here are some stats and numbers that Stuart Broad created with the ball in his Test career:

2 – Stuart Broad became the 2nd player from England to join the club of 500 Test wickets. The first was James Anderson who reached in 2017 also by dismissing Kraigg Brathwaite which was also during the 2nd innings of a series-decider.

4 – Number of hat-tricks for Stuart Broad in Test cricket – vs India in 2011 Nottingham Test and vs Sri Lanka in 2014 Leeds Test. Broad is one of the four bowlers with multiple hat-tricks in this format. The other three bowlers with two Test hat-tricks are Hugh Trumble, Jimmy Mathews and Wasim Akram.

8/15 – Broad’s best bowling figures of 8/15 came in the first innings of the 2015 Nottingham Test against Australia. All those eight wickets came before Lunch interval on the first day itself. Till date, no bowler other than Broad has picked up more than six wickets before the lunch on day one in a Test match.

12 – Stuart Broad has claimed as many as twelve 6-wicket hauls in Test cricket which are the joint-most by any player for England. Broad equalled the record of Sydney Barnes with the 6-fer he took during the first innings of the ongoing Manchester Test.

19 – Broad holds the record for the fastest 5-wicket haul in Test cricket as he picked up his 5th wicket by 19th ball during the 2015 Ashes Test in Nottingham. In this process, the Englishman equalled the record held by Australia’s Ernie Toshack who also had a 5-fer in 19 balls during the 1947 Brisbane Test against India. Broad also had a sequence of 5/0 during the 2011 Nottingham Test against India when he picked up a hat-trick.

34y 34d – Broad was 34 years and 34 days old on Tuesday that makes him the youngest pacer and the 2nd youngest player to complete 500 wickets in the longer format. Muttiah Muralitharan was only 31 years and 334 days old when he got to the milestone in March 2004.


140 – Broad needed 140 matches for getting to 500 Test wickets which makes him the slowest to reach this milestone. Courtney Walsh and James Anderson shared the bottom place before Broad as they got their 500th Test wicket in career’s 129th match.

321 – Broad has 321 wickets while playing at home in Test cricket thus far which are the 4th most number of wickets for any player on home soil. Only Muttiah Muralitharan (493), James Anderson (373) and Anil Kumble (350) are ahead of Broad in the list of most number of Test wickets at home. Broad’s 500th Test wicket helped him to go past Shane Warne’s tally of 319 wickets on home soil.

345 – Broad had as many as 345 wickets in Test cricket by the time he turned 30. His 345 wickets by the age of 30 are only exceeded by the off-spinners Muttiah Muralitharan (412) and Harbhajan Singh (355).