Stuart Broad's eyes will be on the 500th hunt today, can become the world's seventh bowler

Stuart Broad's eyes will be on the 500th hunt today, can become the world's seventh bowler

England's experienced fast bowler Stuart Broad may have taken his ignorance in the first match more seriously.  That is why after the second Test, he is also wreaking havoc in the third test.  England were displeased with the 34-year-old Broad not playing in the first Test in Southampton against the West Indies.  England's team lost the first match.  Broad returned in the second match and took six wickets.

Stuart Broad was just one wicket away from becoming the seventh bowler to take 500 Test wickets as England were shut out with a series win over the West Indies at Old Trafford on Sunday.

  With a broad lead of 6-31 in 14 overs, West Indies bowled England for 197 runs in reply to 369 first innings.

  England's second innings 226–2 declared opener Rory Burns scoring 90 and giving the West Indies a mammoth target of 399 to win.

  And Broad still had time to ease the tourists, who had no answer to his late movement by a good length, 10-2 at the stumps on the third day.

 Now in the third Test match being played at Old Trafford, Manchester, he first performed brilliantly with the bat and then wreaked havoc with the ball.  He has taken eight wickets in this match so far.  He is just one step away from taking 500 wickets in a Test career.  He will also complete the feat on Monday, the fourth day of the match.  West Indies need 389 to win matches and series, while England need just eight wickets.


 The first match of this series was won by the West Indies, while the second match of the Wisden Trophy was won by England.  In this way, the series was on par with 1-1, but now the hosts England are in a very strong position in the decider.  Even the English team, captained by Joe Root, can win the three-match series 2-1 on the fourth day of the match, as the West Indies have only 8 wickets left.

 Broad havoc

 England had scored 369 runs in the first innings.  After this, West Indies extended their innings by 137 runs for six wickets on Sunday, but Broad took the last four wickets and grabbed the West Indies.  He took a total of six wickets in the first innings.  The West Indies somehow saved a follow-on but their first innings was reduced to 197 runs.  England then declared their second innings for 226 for two in 58 overs, thus giving the hosts a difficult target of 399 runs for the West Indies.  In the second innings for England, Burns scored 90 runs.  Apart from him, captain Joe Root (68 not out) and Sibley (56) also played useful innings.

 Broad shines in second innings as well

 West Indies had a poor start in the second innings as well.  The team's account was not even opened and Broad followed with Campbell (00).  He then sent Kemar Roach (04) to the pavilion.  By the end of the third day's play, the visiting team had scored 10 for two in six overs.  Craig Braithwaite was unbeaten on two and Shai Hope on four.

 Highest wicket taker

 Bowler, country, match, innings, wicket, best in match, average

 Muralitharan, Sri Lanka, 133, 230, 800, 16/220, 22.72

 Shane Warne, Australia, 145, 273, 708, 12/128, 25.41

 Anil Kumble, India, 132, 236, 619, 14/149, 29.65

 James Anderson, England, 153 *, 286, 589, 11/71, 26.83

 Glenn McGrath, Australia, 124, 243, 563, 10/27, 21.64

 Courtney Walls, West Indies, 132, 242, 519, 13/55, 24.44

 Stuart Broad, England, 140 *, 258, 499, 11/121, 28.00

 Stuart Broad became the fourth English bowler to take five wickets for the 18th time.  He took six wickets for 32 runs in the first innings.  Broad overtook Fred Truman, Graeme Swann and Derek Underwood.  The trio had taken five wickets in Tests 17–17 times.  At the same time, James Anderson has done this 28 times at most.  He is followed by Ian Botham (27) and Sydney Barnes (24) at number three.