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Warne: Broad has a ‘good chance’ to get 700+ Test wickets

Warne Broad
by Wisden Staff 2 minute read

Australia legend Shane Warne feels that Stuart Broad still has “plenty of years” left in him, backing him to eventually reach the landmark of 700 Test wickets.

Broad became the seventh bowler ever to claim 500 Test wickets when he dismissed Kraigg Brathwaite in the third England-West Indies Test, finishing the three-match series with the most wickets, 16, despite missing the first Test.

Replying to Broad’s tweet, in which he thanked everyone after reaching the milestone, Warne said that, at 34, Broad still has “plenty of time” to add at least 200 more wickets to his tally.

At 34, Broad became the second-youngest bowler to reach the 500-wicket mark, only behind Sri Lanka’s Muttiah Muralitharan, who reached the landmark at the age of 31 in 2004. Warne himself was the first bowler to reach 600 and 700 Test wickets, finishing on 708 wickets, with only Muralitharan [800] taking more Test wickets than him.

At the conclusion of the game, James Anderson hailed his long-time bowling partner for his striking comeback after being excluded from the first Test, saying that Broad could eventually surpass his tally and become England’s leading Test wicket-taker in the future.

With 140 Tests, Broad now stands third in the list of most Test appearances for England, behind Alastair Cook (161) and Anderson (153), but continues to be a prolific wicket-taker, having already taken 25 wickets this year. He has taken at least 30 wickets in every calendar year since 2011.

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