10 The Daily Telegraph Tuesday 28 July 2020 *** Sport Cricket Broad’s 500 milestone could be the last of its kind CHIEF CRICKET CORRESPONDENT at Emirates Old Trafford By Nick Hoult 300th Test wicket was a reflection of life in 1964 for a fast bowler. Trueman bowled 99,701 balls in firstclass cricket, more than Anderson and Broad combined (92,695). Even more recently, only a quarter of Darren Gough’s balls (44,203) in first-class cricket were bowled in Test matches. For Broad, 66 per cent have been bowled for England. Instead of being worn down, it has given him the energy to recover from dips. He was poor on the 2012 tour of India and went 26 Tests without a five-wicket haul between 2016 and 2018. He had lost pace, but Broad worked with Chris Silverwood when he was England bowling coach and remodelled his action with the help of Sir Richard Hadlee. Two weeks ago he was “frustrated, angry and gutted” at being left out of the first Test. He will have to accept rotation at 34. But he looks determined to carry on after Anderson has retired and the hunger is still there for more milestones. since the 2015 World Cup. That suited both sides; England wanted to move on and it allowed Broad and Anderson to concentrate on one format. With England Test contracts so lucrative, both players were happy. It has worked: Broad has taken 227 wickets in 64 Tests since the 2015 World Cup at three runs lower than his overall career average; Anderson over the same period has 199 in 52 matches at 21.90. Fred Trueman’s “whoever does it will be b----- tired” grump when asked if anyone would emulate his You cannot bowl at 90mph like Jofra Archer and Mark Wood and last as long as Broad. Australia have some gifted quick bowlers, but their workloads are micromanaged and all are muscled giants without the slight, lithe frames of Broad and Anderson that are less prone to breaking down. India, too, have a fine generation of fast bowlers, but the IPL is their board’s priority and Asian pitches and Kookaburra balls make the challenge very hard. West Indies, South Africa and New Zealand do not play enough Test cricket. Another young Broad could be lurking in colts cricket somewhere, but it is unlikely the same volume of Test cricket will still be played by the time he emerges. Broad is also the last of a generation willing to let white-ball cricket go in favour of focusing on Tests. Broad never formally retired from one-day cricket, but has played only three one-day internationals Lure of T20 and fewer Tests may put landmark out of reach We could also see one of those coincidences that cricket throws up, for Kraigg Brathwaite resumes this morning on two and he was James Anderson’s 500th Test wicket on the previous West Indies tour to England three years ago. The odds of a fifth seamer joining Courtney Walsh, Glenn McGrath, Anderson and Broad becomes more distant with the launch of every new Twenty20 league. More money can be earned and quicker in franchise cricket. Broad and Anderson are the last still playing to have started out before the Indian Premier League. It was central contracts and Test cricket for England that would make them wealthy. They were then too established in the England team to be tempted by white-ball deals when the IPL started to throw around milliondollar salaries. Bowler has hunger to close gap after Anderson retirement Stuart Broad will have only Old Trafford’s blank seats and Emirates branding to salute if he takes his 500th Test wicket today, but it will still be a moment of huge personal achievement and one for English cricket to cherish for the ages. Broad will become only the fourth seam bowler to reach the landmark, and given he has taken 14 wickets in this series in two games at a rate of one every 23 balls to get to 499, we will probably not have long to wait once the match resumes after a day lost to rain. Especially after his former captain Sir Andrew Strauss said Broad had not bowled “much better than this.” Fast bowlers’ roll of honour Leading Test wicket takers James Anderson Glenn McGrath Courtney Walsh Stuart Broad Dale Steyn (England) (Australia) (West Indies) (England) (South Africa) 589 563 519 499 439 Under cover Day four at Old Trafford was washed out by rain. England, chasing a series-clinching victory, will hope for clear skies today Scoreboard At Emirates Old Trafford West Indies won toss West Indies, with 8 second-innings wickets in hand, require 389 runs to beat England England — First Innings 369 (Pope 91, Buttler 67, Broad 62, Burns 57, Roach 4-72) West Indies — First Innings 197 ENGLAND - Second Innings (Broad 6-31) R 90 56 68 12 226 B 4 6 RJ Burns DP Sibley *JE Root Extras Total Fall Did not bat c sub b Chase lbw b Holder not out (b6 lb3 nb3) (2 wkts dec, 58 overs) 1-114 2-226. BA Stokes, OJD Pope, †JC Buttler, CR Woakes, DM Bess, JC Archer, SCJ Broad, J M Anderson. KAJ Roach 11-4-34-0, ST Gabriel 5-0-19-0, JO Holder 9-2-24-1, RL Chase 14-2-61-1, RRS Cornwall 19-2-79-0. 163 11 0 132 7 0 56 8 1 Bowling WEST INDIES - Second Innings R 2 0 4 4 0 10 B 4 6 KC Brathwaite JD Campbell SD Hope KAJ Roach Extras Total Fall not out c Root b Broad not out c Buttler b Broad 17 3 11 5 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 (2 wkts, 6 overs)) 1-0 2-6. To bat SS J Brooks, RL Chase, J Blackwood, †SO Dowrich, *JO Holder, RRS Cornwall, ST Gabriel. Bowling Start: Weather: TV: JM Anderson 3-2-2-0, SCJ Broad 3-1-8-2. 11am Cloudy, with the chance of an early shower Sky Sports
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