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Wednesday Jul 29 2020

Stuart Broad sets sight on Pakistan after picking 500th Test wicket

England's Stuart Broad celebrates taking his 500th Test wicket with the wicket of West Indies' Kraigg Brathwaite. Photo: Reuters

MANCHESTER: England pacer Stuart Broad is already raring to go against Pakistan after the bowler picked up his 500th Test wicket against West Indies on Tuesday.

The 34-year-old paceman became only the seventh bowler to reach the milestone of 500 Test wickets as he helped England to a resounding 269-run victory over West Indies on Tuesday to win the third test at Old Trafford and clinch the series 2-1.

He took 10 wickets in the test — for only the third time in his career — and was named man of the series despite his surprise omission from the first test in Southampton.

“I’ve never really set any targets and I’ve learned a huge amount through my career, but what is pleasing me at the moment is that I feel so fresh and excited to play the game and I’ve done some technical work that makes me feel in a great rhythm,” he told Sky Sports.

“Now I’m looking forward to a couple of days off outside the bio-secure environment but also looking forward to being back and playing against Pakistan.”

Broad’s 500th wicket came at the start of the day when England rushed to try and dismiss the tourists because the threat of rain hung heavily overhead and there were intermittent stoppages.

He trapped Kraigg Brathwaite leg before wicket for the milestone, matching the achievement of his opening ball partner James Anderson whose 500th test wicket came up at Lord’s three years ago when he dismissed the same batsman.

“What a stat that is,” Broad said. “Jimmy told me in the warm-up, ‘you know who it’s going to be’ and then told me his 500th victim was Brathwaite.

“The stars have to be aligned for that to happen! I think that’s going to be a quiz question for many years to come.”

“When you get a milestone and put in performances, you want them to lead to wins so to get to 500 on a day that we managed to win a test match and a series feels very great, very special,” Broad added.

England meet Pakistan in the first of their three-match series at Old Trafford from August 5-9.