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Monday 21st
posted by Morning Star in Sport

CHRIS BROAD yesterday hailed the “monumental achievement” of son Stuart after he overtook Ian Botham to climb into second place in England’s all-time list of Test wicket-takers.

Nottinghamshire bowler Stuart Broad moved on to 384 international dismissals — one ahead of Botham — on Saturday as England thrashed West Indies inside three days in the first Test at Edgbaston.

He now has only 35-year-old teammate James Anderson (492) in front of him.

Former England batsman Chris Broad said he was “immensely proud, obviously.

“He’s been a shining light in the family for his career since he first started.

“We’re all very proud of his achievement and to get to a person like Ian Botham and his record is a monumental achievement.

“When he’s bowling, he just looks a dream.”

The younger Broad made his Test debut against Sri Lanka in December 2007 and has since played a further 106 times.

Father Chris, who represented his country between 1984 and 1989 and played alongside Botham, believes the 31-year-old will continue giving batsmen headaches for the foreseeable future.

“You look at Jimmy Anderson, you look at Stuart, they are as fit now as they were when they were 21-year-olds,” he added.

“Fitness is not going to be an issue for either of these bowlers really in ending their careers — it’ll be about form, it’ll be about losing that little bit of extra zip and not taking wickets.

“I just wonder whether, like great partnerships, when one goes, maybe the other one will go.”