Stuart Broad becomes fifth bowler to take 600 Test wickets

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England seamer Stuart Broad took a 600th Test wicket on day one of this week’s fourth Ashes Test at Old Trafford in Manchester.

Broad started the match with 598 Test wickets. He dismissed Australian opener Usman Khawaja in Wednesday’s fifth over and middle-order batsman Travis head in the 50th.

He has become the fifth player in the history of Test cricket to take 600 wickets.

Only Sri Lanka’s Muttiah Muralitharan, Australia’s Shane Warne, England team-mate James Anderson and India’s Anil Kumble have taken more Test wickets than the 37-year-old Broad.

Broad debuted in Test match cricket in 2007. He has taken 10 or more wickets in a Test three times – twice against West Indies and once against Australia.

He has taken 149 Test wickets against Australia. That number accounts for almost 25 percent of his total Test wickets.

He has taken 394 Test wickets in the United Kingdom. That number account for almost two thirds of his total Test wickets.

Broad’s most prolific calendar years in Test cricket were in 2015, 2016 and 2017. He took 340 across those three years.

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Top 20 leading wicket-takers in Test cricket

Four of Test cricket’s top 20 wicket-takers are still playing. They are Broad, Anderson, Australia’s Nathan Lyon and India’s Ravichandran Ashwin. Seven of Test cricket’s top 20 wicket-takers are spinners.

  1. Muttiah Muralitharan (Sri Lanka): 800 wickets in 133 Tests
  2. Shane Warne (Australia): 708 wickets in 145 Tests
  3. James Anderson (England): 688 wickets in 182 Tests
  4. Anil Kumble (India): 619 wickets in 132 Tests
  5. Stuart Broad (England): 600 wickets in 166 Tests
  6. Glenn McGrath (Australia): 563 wickets in 124 Tests
  7. Courtney Walsh (West Indies): 519 wickets in 132 Tests
  8. Nathan Lyon (Australia): 496 wickets in 122 Tests
  9. Ravichandran Ashwin (India): 486 wickets in 93 Tests
  10. Dale Steyn (South Africa): 439 wickets in 93 Tests
  11. Kapil Dev (India): 434 wickets in 131 Tests
  12. Rangana Herath (Sri Lanka): 433 wickets in 93 Tests
  13. Richard Hadlee (New Zealand): 431 wickets in 86 Tests
  14. Shaun Pollock (South Africa): 421 wickets in 108 Tests
  15. Harbhajan Singh (India): 417 wickets in 103 Tests
  16. Wasim Akram (Pakistan): 414 wickets in 104 Tests
  17. Curtly Ambrose (West Indies): 405 wickets in 98 Tests
  18. Makhaya Ntini (South Africa): 390 wickets in 101 Tests
  19. Ian Botham (England): 383 wickets in 102 Tests
  20. Malcolm Marshall (West Indies): 376 wickets in 81 Tests

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