Stuart Broad (2R) is second after England teammate James Anderson for most Test wickets by a fast bowler
Stuart Broad said he was proud to have topped childhood hero Glenn McGrath’s Test wicket count as England approached a series win over South Africa at The Oval.
Broad took the top prize from South African captain Dean Elgar on Sunday for 36 for his 564th Test wicket, surpassing the long-retired Australian great McGrath of 563.
South Africa had been 83-1 before Elgar’s sacking, triggering another strike as they dropped to 169 in the deciding test of a three-game match.
When poor light brought a premature fourth day halt, England were 97-0, needing just 33 more runs on Monday to reach a goal of 130, which would yield a 2-1 series win.
Zak Crawley was 57 off stumps, his first fifty in 17 Test innings, with Alex Lees unbeaten at 32.
Broad is now one of the top five in the all-time list of Test wicket-takers, with only England colleague and close friend James Anderson ahead of him among fast bowlers with 667 sacks.
But as Broad was the first to notice after matching fellow navigator McGrath’s mark, he is in his 159th test compared to the Australian’s 124 matches in all.
“I saw Jimmy got his 564th on September 11 four years ago, so that was pretty funny,” Broad told reporters after Sunday’s close.
“Glenn McGrath is a hero of mine and the reason I wanted to be a bowler I used to imitate in the yard. Obviously he’s a much better bowler than I’ve ever been, but it’s incredible to be in that kind of to be company.”
Broad, the son of former England lead batsman Chris Broad, added: “It’s very special to have Jimmy joined as one-two, with him as a great mate and someone I’ve had a fantastic partnership with for a long time.”