The magnificent seven – Stuart Broad joins illustrious 500 club

England’s Stuart Broad, left, has joined James Anderson in the 500 club
England’s Stuart Broad, left, has joined James Anderson in the 500 club - (Copyright PA Archive)
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Stuart Broad has become the seventh member of Test cricket’s elite 500 club and only the fourth seamer to achieve the feat.

The English bowler completed the milestone on day five of the decider against the West Indies before later taking his 501st to settle the Test and with it the three-match series.

Here, the PA news agency takes a look at the illustrious company Broad now stands alongside in the longest form of the game.

Muttiah Muralitharan, Sri Lanka – reached 500 in 87th Test

(800 wickets, 133 Tests, 22.72 average)

Muttiah Muralitharan reached 500 Test wickets in a series between Sri Lanka and Australia in 2004 - (Copyright PA Archive)

The Sri Lankan great’s controversial action will, unfortunately, always encroach into conversations about his ability to generate prodigious, venomous turn with his off-breaks and doosras but having been cleared to bowl by the International Cricket Council, he did so with a merciless appetite. His record of 67 five-wicket hauls and 22 10-wicket matches is a record by an almost comical margin and, arguably, no retirement in history has left such an irreplaceable gap in a national side.

Shane Warne, Australia – reached 500 in 108th Test

(708 wkts, 145 Tests, 25.41 avg)

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With a surfer’s haircut and a club cricketer’s build, Warne busted many stereotypes with his genius for the craft of leg-spin. He resuscitated the art and bamboozled batsmen with his vast arsenal of deliveries – all hyped, many genuine, some imagined. He made his name by bowling England’s Mike Gatting with the ‘ball of the century’ in 1993 and was still baiting the old enemy 14 years later, signing off in triumph after a 5-0 Ashes whitewash.

Anil Kumble, India – reached 500 in 105th Test

(619 wkts, 132 Tests, 29.65 avg)

Anil Kumble retired from Test cricket in November 2008 during a series between India and Australia - (Copyright PA Archive)

The wrist-spinner will be immortalised by his feat of taking all 10 wickets in an innings against India’s great rivals Pakistan in 1999. Kumble was often overshadowed by the exploits of the two names above him on the list but he achieved two things neither Warne nor Muralitharan ever did – a Test century and being named captain of his country, which he achieved age 37.

James Anderson, England – reached 500 in 129th Test

(589 wickets, 153 Tests, 26.85 avg)*

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England’s king of swing continues to climb the ranks and recently passed a century of wickets at Lord’s alone, the only man other than Muralitharan to achieve the feat at a single ground. After attempts to rebuild his action early in his career resulted in a loss of form, England allowed him to go his own way and have been rewarded with consistent performances in tandem with Broad, who has now joined him in the 500 club.

Glenn McGrath, Australia – reached 500 in 110th Test

(563 wkts, 124 matches, 21.64 avg)

It was Australian cricket’s great fortune that the careers of Warne and McGrath ran in tandem from 1993 to 2007, and no coincidence that they dominated that era so comprehensively. McGrath achieved greatness not through stunning pace or vicious lateral movement, though he was able summon enough of both. Instead he was relentless in finding the right line and length on any given surface and probing it exhaustively. Famous for his refusal to offer cheap runs, he has the lowest average among the top 10 wicket-takers.

Courtney Walsh, West Indies – reached 500 in 129th Test

(519 wkts, 132 Tests, 24.44 avg)

Courtney Walsh (centre) was the first man to reach 500 wickets in Test cricket - (Copyright PA Archive)

Discussions on the greatest fast bowler from the Caribbean tend to be long and involve illustrious names such as Malcolm Marshall, Andy Roberts, Joel Garner, Colin Croft, Michael Holding, Ian Bishop and Curtly Ambrose. But none of those had Walsh’s fortitude and staying power, as he clocked up 132 Test caps in 17 years. Like McGrath, Walsh was more work-horse than war machine in his devastating partnership with Ambrose but his height and natural bounce never failed to unsettle batsmen.

Stuart Broad, England – reached 500 in 140th Test

(501 wkts, 140 Tests, 27.94 avg)*

After catching the eye in Twenty20 cricket with Leicestershire, the seamer became a consistent member of England’s Test side after his debut in December 2007. A match-winning display against Australia two years later helped regain the Ashes and it would be a sign of things to come. Broad has taken more than 100 wickets against the Aussies, with his eight for 15 in the 2015 Ashes series his best figures in the longest form of the game. The 34-year-old is the slowest to reach 500 Test wickets, but his ability to fight back from adversity adds to his legacy alongside his partnership with Anderson.

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