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Stuart Broad becomes seventh bowler to take 500 wickets for test

by the owl speaks

England’s fast bowler Stuart Broad took his 500th Test wicket on Tuesday when he trapped West Indies batsman Kraigg Brathwaite leg ahead of wicket on the final day of the third and final Old Trafford Test.

Broad is the seventh bowler-and the second Englishman after team mate James Anderson-to cross the landmark in his 140th Test.

It was his seventh wicket against West Indies in the last of the three-match series and has put England in a good position to win with tourists struggling 45-3 as they target an unlikely 399 to win.

He has now taken 15 wickets in the series, even after being left out of the team earlier this month for the first Southampton Test, which ended a streak of 51 consecutive England home test appearances.

The 34-year-old debuted his first and only wicket in that Test at a cost of 95 runs for England at Colombo in 2007, with Chaminda Vaas. His test score has risen since he ramped through the Australians at Trent Bridge in the Ashes five years ago, to 28.38 with a best of 8-15.

Muttiah Muralitharan with 800 tops the list of Top Test wicket takers, led by fellow spinners Shane Warne (708) and Anil Kumble (619).

Anderson, bowling in the third Test at Old Trafford alongside Broad, is 11 away from 600, led by Glenn McGrath (563) and Courtney Walsh (519).

Anderson, bowling in the third Test at Old Trafford alongside Broad, is 11 away from 600, led by Glenn McGrath (563) and Courtney Walsh (519).

“He’s been a great inspiration for the way he was treated in the last years , ” Anderson told Sky Sports on Tuesday.

“I’m just surprised how he gets moving in a spell and always blows teams away. He is in fantastic shape and can manage to get as many wickets as he likes.

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