Broad-Anderson pair sets another record in Test cricket
Right-arm pacer Stuart Broad became the second England bowler to reach the milestone of 500 Test wickets in the last Test of the series against the West Indies. The other is Jimmy Anderson (589 wickets). At the same time, England is the second country in the world to have two bowlers who have taken 500 wickets in Tests.
After one match, Jimmy and Broad have created a new fame together. This time they have become the second pair in the world to take 900 wickets in Tests. They are also joined by two legendary Australian bowlers Shane Warne and Glenn McGrath. They have a record of taking one thousand wickets in Tests.
The Jimmy-Broad duo’s hopes or chances of taking a thousand wickets are not over yet. These are another step in the way of taking the number of wickets in a match played together. In the first Test of the series against Pakistan, they made a partnership of 900 wickets.
Jimmy made his Test debut in 2003 and Broad made his debut in 2007. So far Broad has played 141 Tests and Jimmy has 154 matches to his name. However, the number of matches played by both of them is 118, which started from 2008. That’s the Jimmy-Broad duo that started a decade ago. They are now ruling the world Test cricket.
Jimmy has taken 474 wickets in 118 Tests in which both have played, the best bowling figure is 7 wickets for 42 runs, takes five wickets 24 times and ten wickets 3 times. On the other hand, in these 118 matches, Broad took 427 wickets, the best bowling figure is 7 wickets for 44 runs, takes five wickets 16 times in the innings and takes ten wickets 3 times. Their combined wickets are 901.
Only Warne-McGrath pair has more wickets than this pair. In 104 Tests played by both of them, their combined wickets were 1001 wickets. Warne contributed 513 wickets and McGrath 488 wickets. In these 104 Tests, the two have taken five wickets a total of 51 times.
In Test cricket, there are more than 700 wickets by only two pairs. Muttiah Muralitharan and Chaminda Vaas, two legendary Sri Lankan bowlers, have taken 895 wickets in 95 matches. West Indies legends Courtney Walsh and Curtly Ambrose have taken 762 wickets in 95 matches.