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Broad's 99 in stats

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Stuart Broad became the 14th English player to appear in 100 Tests for England on Wednesday in Rajkot. 

Broad was just a fresh faced 21-year-old when he made his debut at a sultry Sinhalese Sports Club ground in Colombo, wheeling through nearly 29 overs and being in the field for 146.5, before claiming his first scalp of Chaminda Vaas, on the hook and edging to Ian Bell in the slips.

Three hundred and fifty nine more dismissals have followed, moving him to within 23 of Sir Ian Botham in second place in the all-time list of England bowlers, behind James Anderson.

But it certainly says something about Broad's longevity in the England team is that he is just the third bowler of England's 14 players to reach the 100th Test landmark, pointing to the patience of the selectors to allow him to flourish.

It has been alongside Anderson that Broad has been most potent. He has played 89 of his 99 Tests with the Lancastrian and he has an average of 3.6 wickets per match, the same as his much vaunted colleague through his career.

Broad's record on home soil is where his dominance lays - 232 wickets at just 26.54, with 11 of his 15 five-wicket hauls having come at home, and a strike-rate of 51.67.

His statistics away from home are indifferent, both with ball and bat. He has 128 wickets at 32.01 on foreign soil at a strike-rate of 66.22, while he has just one half-century in 63 innings with the bat, averaging 15.58.

But it should not be forgotten that Broad is one of just four players in Test history to record two hat-tricks, and the only Englishman.

Australian off-spinner Hugh Trumble was the first, both against England at Melbourne two years apart, while legspinner Jimmy Matthews achieved the feat in the same game at Old Trafford in 1912, for Australia against South Africa.

It was 87 years before it happened again when Wasim Akram claimed a pair of hat-tricks in back-to-back games against Sri Lanka in 1999, and then Broad joined the party with his sensational double.

The first, in the midst of a spell of five wickets for five runs in 31 balls against India at Trent Bridge in 2011 sent England on their way to a 319-run victory, while his second, against Sri Lanka at Headingley in 2014 which was spread across two overs, he didn't even know about!

Of course, many England followers will remember his incredible feats with the ball - who can forget his demolition of South Africa at Lord's in 2012, smashing New Zealand with 7-44 at Lord's in 2013 and easing England to an Ashes victory at Durham later that year.

And then there was his destruction of Australia again in 2015, on his home ground of Trent Bridge, when he took 8-15 to remove the tourists before lunch - sensational stuff!

It is not all just in England that Broad has set the world alight though. His 6-17 at Johannesburg to cut the top off South Africa's order as they were bundled out for 83 last winter was his career-best on the road.

It is those superb individual performances that has seen him collect nine man-of-the-match awards, a record only surpassed by Sir Ian Botham (12) and Kevin Pietersen (10).

But none of those awards came until his real breakthrough series against India in 2011. His 34 Tests prior to the start of 2011 saw him average 27.40 with the bat (including his career-best 169 against Pakistan at Lord's) and 35.24 with the ball, with 99 wickets.

Twenty-five wickets at 13.84 came in that India series and since, you can see the huge boost in his confidence - 261 wickets at 25.92 in his 65 Tests from 2011 onwards is testimony to that. Only in 2012 did his yearly average climb above 30 again.

Broad's record against some of the best players in the world shows that not only does he love the big occasion but he loves the big moments too.

Just ask former Australian captain Michael Clarke, who Broad removed 11 times at an average of just 23.81, while AB de Villiers has fallen 10 times to Broad, averaging only 16.30 against him.

Ross Taylor (nine), Chris Rogers and Shane Watson (eight), and Hashim Amla (seven) are other to have suffered the wrath of the world No 5 ranked Test bowler, who did climb to No 1 earlier in 2016.

So congratulations to Stuart Broad, a talisman of line and length and the unrivalled king of the DRS review - England's 14th to 100 Tests, Test cricket's 65th, and the 16th bowler with over 200 wickets.

That is quite a club to be in!

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