England’s Stuart Broad became just the fifth bowler to take 600 Test wickets when he dismissed Australia’s Travis Head in the fourth Ashes Test at Old Trafford on Wednesday.
By having Head caught in the deep for 48, the 37-year-old paceman joined Sri Lanka’s Muttiah Muralitharan (800), Australia’s Shane Warne (708), England’s James Anderson (688) and India’s Anil Kumble (619) in an exclusive club.
Broad and Anderson, the other active bowler in this group, are the only quicks to have taken 600 Test wickets.
Broad started this match, his 166th Test, on 598 wickets.
But after England captain Ben Stokes won the toss and elected to field on Wednesday, Broad struck an early blow when he had Usman Khawaja lbw for three to leave Australia 15-1.
He had to wait until his 11th over for the landmark wicket, with left-hander Head hooking a bouncer and Joe Root holding a low catch as he came in off the boundary at fine leg.
Head’s exit left Australia on 189-5 as England, 2-1 down with two Tests to play, chase the win they need to maintain their hopes of regaining the Ashes.
Broad’s double strike on Wednesday also saw him overtake Ian Botham as England’s leading Test bowler against Australia with 150 wickets.
— England Cricket (@englandcricket) July 19, 2023
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