Stuart Broad in elite 500-wicket club

Terrific achievement
Stuart Broad exults after picking up his 500th Test wicket. Reuters

Manchester: England fast bowler Stuart Broad took his 500th Test wicket on Tuesday when he trapped West Indies batsman Kraigg Brathwaite leg before wicket on the last day of the third and final Test at Old Trafford.

Broad became the seventh bowler -- and second Englishman after teammate James Anderson -- to attain the milestone, reaching it in his 140th Test. He has now taken 15 wickets in the series, even after being left out of the team for the first Test at Southampton earlier this month, which ended a run of 51 successive Test appearances at home for England.

The 34-year-old debuted for England in 2007 at Colombo with Chaminda Vaas his first, and only, wicket in that Test at a cost of 95 runs. His Test average has improved since to 28.38 with a best of 8/15 when he rampaged through the Australians at Trent Bridge in the Ashes five years ago.

Time to rejoice
Staurt Broad celebrates with teammates after claiming his 500th Test wicket. Reuters

The list of top Test wicket-takers is headed by Muttiah Muralitharan with 800, followed by fellow spinners Shane Warne (708) and Anil Kumble (619).

Anderson is 11 away from 600, followed by Glenn McGrath (563) and Courtney Walsh (519).

"He's been a real inspiration with the way he was worked over the last years," Anderson told Sky Sports on Tuesday."I'm always amazed how he gets going in a spell and just blows teams away. He's in great shape and he can go on and get as many wickets as he wants."

Stuart Broad traps Kraigg Brathwaite in front of the wicket. Reuters
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