ENG vs SA 3rd Test: England’s Stuart Broad proud to be in company of ‘hero’ Glenn McGrath

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ENG vs SA 3rd Test: England's Stuart Broad proud to be in company of 'hero' Glenn McGrath
ENG vs SA 3rd Test: England's Stuart Broad proud to be in company of 'hero' Glenn McGrath

ENG vs SA 3rd Test: England’s Stuart Broad proud to be in company of ‘hero’ Glenn McGrath

ENG vs SA 3rd Test: Stuart Broad said he was proud to have surpassed the Test-wicket tally of boyhood hero Glenn McGrath as England closed in on a series win over South Africa at The Oval.

On Sunday, Broad took South Africa’s captain Dean Elgar for 36 runs, surpassing Australia’s legendary McGrath’s previous record of 563 Test wickets.

Although replays suggested the ball would have missed leg stump, the Proteas’ most seasoned batsman unexpectedly chose against a review despite Elgar’s solid performance.

Prior to Elgar’s removal, South Africa was 83-1. This caused another batting collapse, and they ended up being all out for 169 runs in the third and final Test of the series.

England was 97-0 when the fourth day was prematurely ended due to poor lighting, and they would only require 33 more runs on Monday to accomplish their 130-run objective and win the series 2-1.

At the time of stumps, Zak Crawley had not yet reached fifty in 17 Test innings, and Alex Lees was still undefeated at 32.

Only England teammate and close friend James Anderson, who has 667 dismissals, is ahead of Broad among fast bowlers in the all-time list of Test wicket-takers.

However, he is playing in his 159th Test as opposed to the Australian’s total of 124 games, which Broad was the first to notice after tying fellow seamer McGrath’s milestone.

“I saw Jimmy got his 564th on September 11 four years ago so that was quite funny,” Broad told reporters after Sunday’s close.

“Glenn McGrath’s a hero of mine and the reason I wanted to become a bowler, I used to imitate him in the garden. Obviously he’s a much finer bowler than I’ve ever been but it’s incredible to be up there in that sort of company.”

Broad, the son of former England opening batsman Chris Broad, added: “It’s really special to have joined Jimmy as a one-two with him being a great mate and someone who I’ve shared a fantastic partnership with for a long time.”

The 40-year-old Anderson and the seasoned team of Broad do not appear to be stopping any time soon.

After both pacemen controversially left off of Joe Root’s final Caribbean tour earlier this year, new captain Ben Stokes and coach Brendon McCullum have revived their international careers.

“It’s been an incredible summer to be a part of,” said Broad, with England now on the cusp of a sixth win in seven Tests. “I feel great. I’m 36. I feel like I’ve bowled really well.

“But the mindset those two guys (Stokes and McCullum) have brought to our changing room and to Test cricket as a whole has been so refreshing and invigorating to play in actually.”

“That sort of no consequences, trying to play on the front foot the whole time, I feel it suits my mindset and how I like to play my cricket personally.”

The umpires prevented England from winning in just two days of play after Thursday entirely rained out and Friday postponed as a show of respect following the passing of Britain’s Queen Elizabeth II by turning off when they did, despite the floodlights being on.

“We’re naturally disappointed,” said Broad.

“I do understand the other side of it, that it would be unfair on South Africa if it rained all day (on Monday) and we’d carried on just to finish the game. But as a changing room we’re frustrated.”