England’s Broad proud to be in the company of ‘hero’ McGrath


London (AFP) – Stuart Broad said he was proud to beat childhood hero Glenn McGrath’s try wickets as England closed in on a series win over South Africa at The Oval .

Broad won the scalp of South African captain Dean Elgar by 36 on Sunday for his 564th try wicket, beating Australia’s big out McGrath by 563.

Elgar had had a good touch, but the more experienced Proteas batsman surprisingly chose not to perform a review, even though replays showed the ball would not have hit the leg stump.

South Africa were 83-1 before Elgar was sacked, precipitating another batting slump as he fell to 169 in the deciding goal in a three-game tie.

When the bad light ended prematurely on day four, England were 97-0 and needed just 33 more runs on Monday to reach a target of 130 that would secure a 2-1 series win.

Zak Crawley was 57 and not standing still, his first fifty in 17 Test rounds, with Alex Lees unbeaten in 32.

Broad is now in the top five of 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 dismissals.

But as Broad was the first to note after equaling McGrath’s mark, this is his 159th Test against the Aussie’s 124-game tally.

« I saw Jimmy get his 564th on Sept. 11 four years ago, so that was kind of fun, » Broad told reporters after Sunday’s close.

“Glenn McGrath is one of my heroes and the razón por la quería converte into a jugador de bolos era que solía imitarlo en el jardín. Obviously, you are a jugador of bolos mucho better than yo, pero es increíble estar ahí arriba en ese type de compagnie”. . »

Broad, the son of former England fly-half Chris Broad, added: « It’s really special to have joined Jimmy as a one-two as he’s a great team-mate and someone I’m with. shares a fantastic partnership for a long time. »

“Amazing summer”

The veteran duo of Broad and Anderson, 40, show no signs of stopping anytime soon.

Their international careers have been rejuvenated by new skipper Ben Stokes and trainer Brendon McCullum after the two pacemakers were controversially omitted from a Caribbean tour earlier this year that marked the end of Joe’s reign Root as skipper.

« It’s been an amazing summer to be a part of, » said Broad, as England are now on the cusp of a sixth victory in seven Tests.  » I feel good. I am 36 years old. I feel like I bowled really well.

“But the spirit that these two guys (Stokes and McCullum) have brought to our dressing room and to Test Cricket in general has been so refreshing and invigorating to actually play.

« It’s of no consequence, trying to play the front foot all the time, I feel like it fits my way of thinking and the way I like to play cricket personally. »

By withdrawing when they did, despite the floodlights on, the referees denied England the chance to secure a victory in just two days of playing time after Thursday’s complete elimination and Friday’s retirement as a sign of respect after the death of the British. Queen Elizabeth II.

« We’re understandably disappointed, » Broad said.

“I understand the other side, that it would be unfair for South Africa if it rained all day (Monday) and we just continued to finish the game. But as a dressing room, we are frustrated. »

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