Stuart Broad is the second Englishman after James Anderson to claim 400 Test wickets © Getty Images
Stuart Broad is the second Englishman after James Anderson to claim 400 Test wickets © Getty Images

Stuart Broad became only the second Englishman to 400 wickets in the longest format during the first Test at against New Zealand at Eden Park, Auckland. Broad got the better of Tom Latham to attain the feat in the first ever day-night Test in New Zealand. At dusk, Broad had Latham caught at mid-wicket by Chris Woakes. Broad had a chance early in the New Zealand innings to bring up the milestone when he found the edge of Jeet Raval’s bat, only to see the chance being put down by skipper Joe Root at slip.

Broad made his debut against Sri Lanka in 2007. On a flat Colombo track, Broad could scalp a solitary wicket, that of Chaminda Vaas. However, he has been more effective on home soil, where the conditions are favourable for pacers. He became the 10th fast bowler to the 400-wicket club. Broad, now 31, achieved the feat in his 115th Test. He now has 400 wickets at over 29.

His best bowling performance came against Australia at Trent Bridge in the 2015-16 Ashes. He ran through the Australian batting, taking 8 for 15. His second- and third-best efforts came at Lord’s, where he took seven-fors against New Zealand and West Indies.

Broad is handy with the bat as well. He has a hundred and 12 fifties. He scored a scintillating 169 against England at Lord’s, following it up with 3 wickets. He has fifties against South Africa, India, Australia, New Zealand, and Sri Lanka.

Despite the 400th wicket, it was not an eventful day for Broad and his side. England were bowled out for their sixth-lowest total, 58. Broad managed a 6-ball duck.