ENG vs SA 3rd Test: Stuart Broad equals Glenn McGrath, becomes joint second most successful pacer in Tests
ENG vs SA 3rd Test: English pace veteran Stuart Broad on Saturday equalled Australian great Glenn McGrath to become the joint second-highest wicket-taking pacer in the history of Test cricket.
At the third and last Test his team played against South Africa at The Oval in Kennington, Broad made history. The bowler eliminated Ryan Rickelton (11), Khaya Zondo (23), Keshav Maharaj (18), and Anrich Nortje from the game (7).
Broad’s final figures were 4/41 in 12.2 overs with a 3.32 economy rate.
He has now amassed 563 wickets in 159 Test matches at an average of 27.84 and an economy rate of 2.94, placing him as the sixth most successful bowler in the annals of Test cricket. His greatest inning-specific bowling stats are 8/15.
McGrath, on the other hand, has 563 wickets in 124 Test matches. These wickets have taken at an economy rate of 2.49 and an average of 21.64. 8/24 are his highest bowling averages.
The most effective pacer in the longer format of the game is James Anderson of England. In 175 Test matches, he has taken 665 wickets at an average of 26.24 and also a 2.79 economy rate. 7/42 are his highest bowling averages.
The most successful Test cricket bowlers are Muttiah Muralitharan of Sri Lanka (800), the late Shane Warne of Australia (708), Anderson (665), the legendary Anil Kumble of India (619), and also McGrath (563).
South Africa was given the opportunity to bat first and was dismissed for 118 in 36.2 overs by England. For the visitors, only Khaya Zondo (23) and also Marco Jansen (30) were capable of producing some quality hits.
South Africa’s batting collapsed against the English pace attack, which also claimed 5/49 from Ollie Robinson and 4/41 from Broad. Anderson just took one wicket.