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Stuart Broad also became the first bowler in the 138-year old history of the sport to take 7 (let alone 8) wickets before Lunch on Day One © Getty Images

There was no stopping Stuart Broad in the first session of the fourth Test of Ashes 2015 at Trent Bridge after Alastair Cook decided to put Australia in. While Mark Wood and Steven Finn took a wicket each, Broad claimed 7 of the first 11 wickets to fall, bowling unchanged. Australia were skittled out for 60 as Broad’s figures read 9.3-5-15-8 after a three from Josh Hazlewood finally took them past the 50-mark. Barring extras, Michael Clarke and Mitchell Johnson were the only men to reach double figures. It was an incredible performance from Broad, more so because James Anderson, spearhead of the English attack, was ruled out of the Test following a side strain at Edgbaston.  Live Blog: England vs Australia, The Ashes 2015, 4th Test Day 1

Broad also became the first bowler in the 138-year old history of the sport to take 7 (let alone 8) wickets before Lunch on Day One, in other words, the first session of a Test. In fact, as per Charlie Davis’ researches, only two men — Tom Richardson and Graham McKenzie — had taken 6.

Five-wicket hauls before Lunch on Day One:

Figures Bowler Team Against Venue Year Final figures
8/15 Stuart Broad England Australia Trent Bridge 2015 9.3-5-15-8 (end of innings)
6/34 Graham McKenzie Australia India MCG 1967 21.4-2-66-7 (8-ball overs)
6/39 Tom Richardson England Australia Lord’s 1896 11.3-3-39-6 (end of innings)
5/11 Shane Bond New Zealand Zimbabwe Bulawayo 2005 17-4-51-6
5/23 Dale Steyn South Africa India Motera 2008 8-2-23-5 (end of innings)
5/25 Syd Barnes England South Africa Old Wanderers 1913 26.5-9-56-8
5/26 Chris Martin New Zealand Sri Lanka Wellington 2005 20-7-54-6
5 wkts Maninder Singh India Pakistan Chinnaswamy 1987 18.2-8-27-7 (exact runs not known)
5/32 Colin Blythe England South Africa Newlands 1906 32-13-68-6
5/34 Alf Valentine West Indies England Old Trafford 1950 50-14-104-8
5/37 Fred Spofforth Australia England MCG 1879 25-9-48-6

As is evident, Fred Spofforth was the first to do so, back in 1879. Maninder Singh claimed 5 wickets in 33 balls before lunch en route to his 7 for 27, but it is not known how many runs he conceded. READ: Alastair Cook set to become 1st England cricketer with 50 Test wins