Third Test hat-trick a goal for Stuart Broad after 19-wicket day
Stuart Broad claimed a hat-trick across two innings in Barbados. (Image: @englandcricket)

Stuart Broad is aiming to become the first bowler to claim three hat-tricks in Test cricket after getting another taste of the sensation, albeit in a low-key warm-up match in Barbados where the opposition batted twice on a day 19 wickets fell.

Broad took 4/19 against a Cricket West Indies President’s XI at Three Ws Oval on Thursday, in which his hat-trick spanned two innings as England were given the chance to bowl again in tune-up for the Test series.

The 32-year-old claimed the ninth, tenth and eleventh wickets to fall shortly before the tea interval on Wednesday, with the 23-year-old offspinner Bryan Charles his hat-trick victim. Alzarri Joseph and Miguel Cummins were dismissed of the fifth and sixth deliveries of his ninth over and off the first ball of Broad’s tenth as the CWI President’s XI were bowled out for 128 in 56 overs. (ALSO READ: Injured Olly Stone out of West Indies Tests)

Batting again, they made a further 75 runs for the loss of nine wickets. Charles poked to Ben Stokes at second slip to complete the hat-trick, and Broad’s fourth wicket came when Jermaine Blackwood was dismissed for the second time in the day.

“It was a bit of fun actually,” said Broad. “Warm-up games, you’re just trying to get a feel for the action after having a bit of time at home indoors. You’re just trying to get a feel for bowling on grass and hard pitches again. But any time you’re involved in a hat-trick or get a hat-trick it is pretty exciting cricket. That was a lot of fun actually, I enjoyed it.” (ALSO READ: Don’t underestimate West Indies at home: Stuart Law warns England)

Four bowlers have mangled two Test hat-tricks – Wasim Akram, Hugh Trumble, Jimmy Mathews and Broad – and Broad is targeting history when the Test series starts on January 23.

“Nobody has got three and that is a bit of a goal of mine actually,” he said. “I got one at Trent Bridge against India and one at Headingley against Sri Lanka and I would love to get a third.”