The cricket community on social media erupted in celebration and tribute after Stuart Broad became the seventh bowler of all time to pick up 500 Test wickets.
Broad began the day on 499 wickets, having already picked up eight wickets in this match. It wasn't long before he exploited his mastery of seam movement to trap Kraigg Brathwaite in front.
The delivery was of the kind that has come to define much of Broad's success in recent years – pitched full, at the off stump with generous movement off the surface.
Among the first to heap praise on Broad was his earliest captain in international cricket, Michael Vaughan, although he admitted to not having understood the full extent of the potential that Broad possessed.
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Always felt he was going to have a good Test career but I didn’t have 500 Test wickets in the equation !!! Skill,resilience,hard work,stubbornness ... And when you think he started out as a Batsman ... A great lesson to all young cricketers ... Congrats @stuartbroad8 #500 #TestCricket
Former Australia captain and legendary batsman Ricky Ponting also paid tribute to his former on-field rival.
Congratulations also came from one person who knows exactly how it feels to reach 500 Test wickets.
Congratulations to @StuartBroad8 on reaching 500 test wits hard work does pay off. I still remember you bowling to my son at Bristol when you both were kids.. well done and the sky is the limits next step 600.👍🏿🍾🎊— Courtney A Walsh (@CuddyWalsh) July 28, 2020
Yuvraj Singh, who once hit Broad for six sixes in an over, took to Twitter to congratulate Broad, while also leaving a poignant message for his fans.
I’m sure everytime I write something about @StuartBroad8, people relate to him getting hit for 6 sixes! Today I request all my fans to applaud what he has achieved! 500 test wickets is no joke-it takes hard work, dedication & determination. Broady you’re a legend! Hats off 👊🏽🙌🏻 pic.twitter.com/t9LvwEakdT— Yuvraj Singh (@YUVSTRONG12) July 29, 2020
Posts celebrating the epic milestone have come thick and fast from all corners of the world.
Congratulations @StuartBroad8 on 500 test wickets great achievement for any bowler 👏— Hassan Ali 🇵🇰 (@RealHa55an) July 28, 2020
And well done @StuartBroad8 A champions greatest quality is longevity. You are a true champion.— Adam Gilchrist (@gilly381) July 28, 2020
Congratulations to England on their emphatic series win.— Sachin Tendulkar (@sachin_rt) July 28, 2020
And like I said earlier, @StuartBroad8 had a spring in his step and was out there on a mission. Congratulations also to him on picking his 500th Test wicket. Terrific achievement! #ENGvWI pic.twitter.com/LGRKWBYOSh
Reaching 500 Test wicket is a rare feat, but why stop there, asks Ryan Sidebottom.
What a brilliant bowler @StuartBroad8 #500 club, now for 600 🏏💪— Ryan Sidebottom (@RyanSidebottom) July 28, 2020
Simply wonderful achievement from a great bloke and outstanding bowler.
And Broad himself took to Instagram to thank everyone for their support.
James Anderson, Broad's long-time partner, and himself a member of the 500 club couldn't contain his elation.
Now that he's reached 500 Broad may quite fancy the idea of going past Anderson, who is himself in sight of 600 Test wickets.
Who will finish with more Test wickets?— ICC (@ICC) July 28, 2020
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