Stuart Broad gets 500th Test wicket as England win series vs West Indies

Stuart Broad bowled his 500th Test wicket on the way to England winning their three-Test series against the West Indies.

Broad had spent two successive nights on 499 but ensured his wait would not carry on beyond this third Test.

Broad made his Test debut in 2007

Broad made his Test debut in 2007

Broad has won 140 Test caps with England

Broad has won 140 Test caps with England

He managed to trap Kraigg Brathwaite lbw for his landmark scalp then returned to put the finishing touch on a 269-run victory.

Broad made his Test debut for England against Sri Lanka in 2007.

And he hit the impressive landmark in front of an empty ‘bio-secured’ Emirates Old Trafford.

Broad joins James Anderson, Courtney Walsh and Glenn McGrath as seamers who have bowed 500 Test wickets.

Broad enters the history books on what was a great day for England

Broad enters the history books on what was a great day for England

Despite his impressive achievement, Chris Woakes stole the show with FIVE wickets on the final Test day.

With one wicket still needed Broad returned for one last effort and did the job with his first ball, Jermaine Blackwood flapping down leg side.

All eyes were on Broad at the start of the day but Brathwaite and Shai Hope were reading from a different script initially, adding 25 runs in 25 minutes before a brief rain delay.

When the teams resumed Broad continued attacking the stumps at a full length, risking runs but increasing his chances of landing the big prize. When it came it was as plumb as any decision he has earned since he first donned England whites in 2007. Brathwaite was beaten all ends up on the back foot and Broad’s celebrations were never likely to be delayed by a DRS referral.

Broad was congratulated by his teammates

Broad was congratulated by his teammates

Anderson was among the first to congratulate his long-time partner and will have been quick to remind him that they now share another story, Brathwaite having also been his 500th victim at Lord’s in 2017.

Broad’s personal milestone also helped England strengthen their stranglehold on the third Test, the first of the eight breakthroughs they needed. He eventually took the chance to hold the ball aloft, albeit in slightly poignant fashion given the empty stands that have allowed this bio-secure series to take place.

Even when his spell was finished he found a way to stay involved, running in from mid-on to take a catch for Woakes, Hope having tossed away his good start with a horrible hack off the toe end.

The mixed weather offered some optimism for the West Indies but they lacked the fortitude to take advantage. Shamarh Brooks was next to follow the pattern, progressing nicely to 22 only for Woakes to shade one in off the pitch and brush the inside edge of an ambitious stroke.

Another shower forced the players to take an early lunch at 84 for five, but there was still a long road ahead if the Windies were to claim the draw they need to retain the Wisden Trophy.

Instead the afternoon’s play began with a brilliant piece of fielding from Dom Bess, included as a spinner but not used in the entire match. Blackwood set off for a run that Roston Chase was never as keen on but it still required a wonderfully alert pick-up and throw for Bess to hurl down the stumps at the keeper’s end.

The result was now a formality, with the batting side showing none of the steel they needed to hang on for a painstaking draw. Woakes was on hand to take full advantage of any lapse and they kept coming in quick succession.

He won three lbws in a row, pitching the ball up and searching for small variations off the pitch as Jason Holder, Shane Dowrich and Rahkeem Cornwall all departed cheaply.

Jofra Archer did his best to get on the board at the other end but when his fruitless spell concluded it saw Broad, inevitably, end the series on centre stage. Blackwood flicked him to Jos Buttler as the ball faded towards leg, handing him the third 10-wicket match of his career and the first since 2013.

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