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Broad 500

"Skill, longevity, fitness" – World pays tribute as Stuart Broad enters 500 club

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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.

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.

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.

Posts celebrating the epic milestone have come thick and fast from all corners of the world.

Reaching 500 Test wicket is a rare feat, but why stop there, asks Ryan Sidebottom.

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.

Head over to our Twitter channel to tell us who you think will finish as England's most prolific seamer!

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