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Broad: It's an honour to surpass Glenn McGrath's Test wicket tally


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England pacer Stuart Broad feels honored to become the second-most successful Test fast bowler and surpass the legendary Australian quick Glenn McGrath.

The 36-year-old surpassed McGrath’s tally of 563 Test wickets in the recently concluded Oval match against South Africa and is currently on 566.

He is now behind another English fast-bowler James Anderson in the wickets column for pacers, who has 667 wickets to his name.

“It was also an honour to go beyond Glenn McGrath’s career Test wicket tally on our final bowling day of the summer (in the third Test at The Oval against South Africa). McGrath was a hero of mine, someone I imitated in the garden, and the reason I wanted to become a bowler," said Broad.

“It’s incredible to be up there in his sort of company and to be in a one-two with my great mate Jimmy Anderson as the most prolific seamers in Test cricket. It also raised a smile or two that I took the 564th wicket on the fourth anniversary of Jimmy going past Glenn (McGrath),"

He added he would like to focus on the moment rather than think about something as distant as the Ashes next year.

“It (series of six Test wins in four months) has left me excited about the rest of my England career. And that doesn’t mean looking ahead to next year’s Ashes. We’ve made that mistake before. Baz actually has a saying ‘Let’s play where your feet are,’ and that’s been such a strength of ours all summer. We’ve stayed in the moment. So all I am thinking about is entering the next Test match I play, the fittest I’ve ever been. At 36, that’s quite a big thing to say," he added.