England’s premier bowler Stuart Broad completes 400 wickets in Test cricket
Stuart Broad became second bowler for England to take 400 wickets in Test cricket. The pace bowler reached the landmark during the first game of the series against New Zealand at Eden Park, Auckland. Broad picked the wicket of left-handed Opener Tom Latham to reach the milestone during the first-ever day night Test played in New Zealand.
Broad made his test debut against Sri Lanka in 2007 and managed only wicket on placid pitch at Colombo. He has largely effective in home conditions where the ball tends to move around for a much longer time. He became the tenth pace bowler to reach the 400-club. The 31-year old managed to attain the feat in his 115th game.
His career best figures have come against Australia in a test match played at Nottingham, Trent Bridge during the Ashes 2015-16 series. Broad was particularly chuffed about the performance at his home venue as he ran through Australian batting lineup to see them get all out for mere 60 runs. He also has delivered scintillating displays with the ball away from home as he produced a menacing spell to take 6 for 17 against South Africa at the Wanderers, Johannesburg.
Stuart Broad is the only been able to pick two hat-tricks in his Test Career. He picked up his first hat-trick against India at Nottingham, Trent Bridge in 2011 series. The second one came against Sri Lanka at Headingley, Leeds in 2014 series played at home. Broad has taken 16 five-wicket hauls in the five-day format for England. He has also taken 2 ten-wicket hauls in his cricketing career till now.
He also has chipped in with crucial for England coming lower down the batting order.He has scored a century against Pakistan and has 12 half-centuries to his name. England will be hoping that he can deliver the goods with the ball this year after suffering from a lean run in the last 12 months.