Cricket World Player of the Week - Stuart Broad
As Stuart Broad became only the 7th bowler and the 4th seamer to reach the 500-wicket milestone in test cricket and walked away with both the Player of the Match and the Player of the Series awards for his figures of 10/67 (6/31 & 4/36) in Manchester, he is the Cricket World Player of the Week.
Fans had good reason to be surprised when Stuart Broad was dropped for the first test of the series between West Indies and England, which marked the resumption of international cricket. The seamer minced no words about how he felt, stating that he was “frustrated, angry and gutted” to be overlooked.
The best way to respond was on the cricket field, and Broad did that expectedly. He finished the Wisden series with 16 wickets, way more than any other bowler and that despite missing a test, at 10.94. The next best was Chris Woakes with 11 scalps.
It was surely one of the most proud moments of Broad's test career as he became only the 7th bowler and the 4th seamer to reach the 500-wicket milestone in test cricket after Courtney Walsh, Glenn McGrath, Shane Warne, Muttiah Muralitharan, Anil Kumble and James Anderson.
Broad now has 79 wickets in the 4th innings, the most by any England bowler, even ahead of James Anderson's tally of 78.
His figures of 10/67 (6/31 & 4/36) in Manchester are his 3rd best figures in test cricket. It was poetic justice that Broad picked West Indies' last wicket and walked away with both the Player of the Match and the Player of the Series awards.
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