Stuart Broad: England bowler produced incredible 8/15 display in Ashes - and takes his 300th Test wicket

Chris Rogers was the Australian batsman who fell for his milestone wicket

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Stuart Broad has had a morning to remember at Trent Bridge, picking up 8/15, including his 300th Test wicket, as Australia were skittled out for 60 in a thrilling first session of cricket.

Things got off to the best possible start for the bowler, leading the line in the absence of James Anderson, as he got Chris Rogers to edge to first slip with only the third ball of the game.

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The wicket gave Broad his 300th Test victim, making him only the fifth Englishman to bring up the milestone, as well as handing Rogers his first ever Test match duck.

Having been stuck on 299 wickets since Day Two of the last Test at Edgbaston, Broad did not have to wait long for his 301st wicket, removing Steve Smith with only the sixth ball of the match, in an extraordinary first over.

From that point on, things only got better for Broad as he added the wickets of Shaun Marsh and Adam Voges, with only 4.1 overs gone in the game, leaving Australia reeling at 21/5 and making it the earliest in Test history that the fifth wicket had fallen.

 

As so often in recent years, Broad then dismissed Michael Clarke, completing his five wicket haul in just 19 balls, the equal fastest for a bowler in his opening spell.

Steven Finn picked up the wicket of Peter Nevill, but Broad soon had three more, Mitchells Starc and Johnson and Nathan Lyon as he wrapped up Australia’s innings.

Broad finished the session tied with Fred Trueman as England’s fourth highest wicket taker in Test match cricket with 307 victims, coming at an average of 28.95 in 83 Tests.

His figures of 8/15 were unsurprisingly a career best, eclipsing the 7/44 he took against New Zealand at Lord’s in 2013.

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