At the age of 31 years and 271 days, Stuart Broad, the electrifying English pacer, became the youngest fast bowler to enroll in the 400 Test wicket club overshadowing South Africa’s Dale Steyn who reached into the figure as 32 years 33 days old.
His glorifying achievement was subdued by some dismal performance by the England batsmen; against some fearsome pace bowling of Kiwi opening partners Tim Southee and Trent Boult, the visiting team was bundled out scoring 58 runs. They were once scrambled to 27 for 9 when a last wicket stand defied to leave them all out in the lowest ever score in their 141 year old Test history.
At the end of the first day of the opening Test between the two sides, Stuart Broad finished taking a single wicket conceding 24 runs in an economy rate of 1.60 while his compatriot James Anderson has had a better show; he bagged 2 wickets giving away 32 runs.
His 400th wicket came when he had TM Latham to catch in the midwicket by Chris Woakes in the pink ball Test.
The right arm quick started his 115th Test match with 399 wickets in store. He, however, became the 15th bowler in the history of Test cricket to grab 400 wickets.
The all-time best wicket taking list is crowned by Sri Lankan spin wizard Muttiah Muralitharan – he has a sublime tally of 800 Test wickets beside his name.