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Records and milestones by Stuart Broad in the 4th Ashes Test

A detailed analysis of the records and achievements of Stuart Broad after his stupendous performance in the fourth Ashes Test match. Eventually, England won the match by an innings and 78 runs.


Stuart Broad during the first day of 4th Ashes Test at Nottingham

The fourth Test match of Ashes 2015 will be, for a long time, remembered as Broad’s Test. The assault he created on the Aussies from his very first over on the first session of the first day is not seen often in Test cricket. Though James Anderson was absent, the impact created by Stuart Broad alone was more than what can be expected from the Broad-Anderson duo normally.

Stuart Broad reached his 300th test wicket with just the third ball of the match, but that was not all he would achieve in just next about one hour. He took two wickets in the first over of the match, and then by the time he was bowling his fourth over he had taken five wickets. On the first ball of his third over he took the fifth wicket of his inning, just 19 balls! He was unstoppable. He took eight wickets conceding just 15 runs to demolish the Aussies for just 60 in 18.3 overs, well before the lunch of the first day!

In the Test, Stuart Broad reached many milestones and created records. Let’s have a brief look on them.

Stuart Broad became only the fifth English bowler to take 300 wickets in the history of Test cricket. Before him, Fred Trueman, Bob Willis, Ian Botham and James Anderson reached this feat.

300th wicket of English bowlers

Bowler

Against

Venue

Date

Batsman

Matches

Fred Trueman

Australia

The Oval

15-Aug-64

Grahame Corling

65

Bob Willis

New Zealand

Leeds

01-Aug-83

Jeff Crowe

81

Ian Botham

West Indies

The Oval

09-Aug-84

Roger Harper

72

James Anderson

New Zealand

Lord's

17-May-15

Peter Fulton

81

Stuart Broad

Australia

Nottingham

09-Aug-15

Chris Rogers

83

Stuart Broad is the slowest among all the five English bowlers who got to this feat. He took 83 tests for this. Not only for England but he is one of the slowest bowlers to get to this milestone amongst all the 29 bowlers with 300 wickets. 

Most matches for 300 test wickets

Bowler

Matches

Daniel Vettori

94

Chaminda Vaas

90

Zaheer Khan

89

Kapil Dev

83

Stuart Broad

83

Stuart Broad’s 8/15 are the best bowling figures for England in Tests since Jim Laker’s 10/53 and 9/37 in the same test at Manchester in Ashes 1956. However, amongst the pace bowlers, 8/15 is the fifth best bowling figure for England.

Least balls to take 5 wickets in Tests

Stuart Broad took his 5th wicket on the 19th delivery of his inning. He equaled Ernie Toshack’s record of least balls to take 5 wickets in a test inning in 19 balls. Toshack did it against India at Brisbane in 1947. However, the least balls spanning any five wickets at any stage of a test inning is in 13 balls by Monty Noble in 1902 and Jim Laker in 1956.

Best bowling figures by English fast bowlers in Tests

Bowler

Figures

Against

Venue

Season

George Lohmann

9/28

South Africa

Johannesburg

1895/96

Devon Malcolm

9/57

South Africa

The Oval

1994

Sydney Barnes

9/103

South Africa

Johannesburg

1913/14

George Lohmann

8/7

South Africa

Port Elizabeth

1895/96

Stuart Broad

8/15

Australia

Nottingham

2015

In fact, Stuart Broad’s 8/15 are the best figures by an English fast bowler against any team except South Africa as the top four figures are all against South Africa.

15 runs conceded for 8 wickets are the third lowest number of runs conceded to pick up 8 or more wickets in a Test inning.

Cheapest 8-wicket hauls in Test cricket

Bowler

Figures

Against

Venue

Season

George Lohmann

8/7

South Africa

Port Elizabeth

1895/96

Johnny Briggs

8/11

South Africa

Cape Town

1888/89

Stuart Broad

8/15

Australia

Nottingham

2015

Glenn McGrath

8/24

Pakistan

Perth

2004/05

Stuart Broad’s all 8 wickets in the inning were caught and all were by fielders but none by a wicketkeeper. It is the first instance of a bowler taking 8 or more wickets in an innings which were all caught by other fielders. There are four more instances of a bowler picking 8 or more wickets and all were caught but involving wicketkeeper or the bowler himself.

8 or more wickets all caught in an inning

Bowler

Figures

Against

Venue

Season

Catches description

Stuart Broad

8/15

Australia

Nottingham

2015

All caught by fielders

Wilfred Rhodes

8/68

Australia

MCG

1903/04

6 caught by fielders, 1 by wicketkeeper and 1 caught & bowled

Jack White

8/126

Australia

Adelaide

1928/29

7 caught by fielders and 1 caught & bowled

Bob Massie

8/53

England

Lord's

1972

6 caught by fielders and 2 by wicketkeeper

Angus Fraser

8/75

West Indies

Bridgetown

1993/94

7 caught by fielders and 1 by wicketkeeper

Stuart Broad’s all the wickets were caught behind, but none of them by the wicketkeeper!

8/15 is the best figures at Nottingham (Trent Bridge) in test matches.

Best bowling figures at Trent Bridge, Nottingham in Tests

Bowler

Figures

Team

Against

Season

Stuart Broad

8/15

England

Australia

2015

Muttiah Muralitharan

8/70

Sri Lanka

England

2006

Bernard Bosanquet

8/107

England

Australia

1905

James Anderson

7/43

England

New Zealand

2008

Sir Alec Bedser

7/44

England

Australia

1953

With Muralitharan and Bosanquet being spinners, the top two bowling figures at Nottingham among pace bowlers belong to the current opening pair of England: Stuart Broad and James Anderson.

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