Stuart Broad’s best bowling figures in an innings is 8/15.© AFP
England pacer Stuart Broad on Saturday equaled Australian great Glenn McGrath to become the joint second-highest wicket-taker in the history of Test cricket. Broad achieved the feat during his side’s third and final Test against South Africa at The Oval in Kennington. In the match, the bowler took the wickets of Ryan Rickelton (11), Khaya Jondo (23), Keshav Maharaj (18) and Enrique Nortje (7).
Broad finished with figures of 4/41 in 12.2 overs with an economy rate of 3.32.
He is now the sixth most successful bowler in Test cricket history, taking 563 wickets in 159 Tests at an average of 27.84 and an economy rate of 2.94. His best bowling figures in an innings is 8/15.
McGrath has taken 563 wickets in 124 Tests. These wickets have come at an average of 21.64 and an economy rate of 2.49. His best bowling figures are 8/24.
Meanwhile, it is England’s James Anderson who is the most successful fast bowler in the longer format of the game. He has taken 665 wickets in 175 Tests at an average of 26.24 and an economy rate of 2.79. His best bowling figures are 7/42.
The most successful bowlers in Test cricket are Sri Lankan spin great Muttiah Muralitharan (800), late Australian spin wizard Shane Warne (708), Anderson (665), Indian spin legend Anil Kumble (619) and McGrath (563).
Coming into the match, England bowled out South Africa for just 118 runs in 36.2 overs, opting to bat first. Only Khaya Zondo (23) and Marco Janssen (30) could play some good innings for the visitors.
The English pace attack destroyed South Africa’s batting, with Ollie Robinson scoring 5/49 while Broad scored 4/41. Anderson gets a wicket.
At present, England’s innings is going on.
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