The second day at Edgbaston should have been remembered as the day Stuart Broad became only the sixth Test bowler to collect 550 wickets… but instead it’ll be known for the ignominy of conceding the most runs ever from a single Test over
- Stuart Broad became just the sixth cricketer in history to take 550 Test wickets
- The Nottinghamshire seamer is still 13 short of Glenn McGrath in second place
- Broad conceded a world record 35 runs in an over in an up and down day two
- He was hit to all areas of Edgbaston by India’s No10 Jasprit Bumrah
No sooner had he revelled in reaching one milestone, Stuart Broad was mourning a rather less welcome record.
For the England legend, Saturday at Edgbaston should have been remembered as the day he became only the sixth Test bowler to collect 550 wickets.
Instead, Broad will want to forget all about a morning in which he suffered the ignominy of conceding the most runs ever from a single Test over.
Stuart Broad joined great team-mate James Anderson in having taken 550 Test wickets
The 36-year-old is already the owner of the joint-most expensive over in Twenty20 internationals, having been smashed for six sixes by Indian Yuvraj Singh at the 2007 World Cup. But Broad now also holds a second unwanted world record after an extraordinary exchange against India’s No10 Jasprit Bumrah.
He went for a mind-blowing 35 runs in a shambolic eight-ball set, which led to Nasser Hussain accusing him of ‘losing the plot’ for persisting with bowling bouncers at the tourists’ tail.
The previous most costly over in Tests was 28. That has happened three times, the bowlers being England’s Jimmy Anderson and Joe Root, and South African spinner Robin Peterson.
Despite an impressively economical record Broad then conceded 35 runs in just one over
‘Sad to lose my record today,’ joked Peterson on Twitter. ‘Oh well, records are made to be broken I guess. Onto the next one.’ For Broad and England captain Ben Stokes, however, it may be harder to move on.
Broad’s day began with him celebrating that more favourable landmark as he dismissed Mohammed Shami with just his fourth delivery. However, it was his third over of the morning that will go down in history. And England’s nonsensical short-ball tactics were firmly to blame for the nightmare that unfolded.
Despite Anderson having just shown the merits of pitching the ball up when he cleaned bowled centurion Ravindra Jadeja, Broad went on a bumper barrage from the Pavilion End – and Bumrah could barely believe his luck.
Broad was smashed for the record total by India’s captain and tailender Jasprit Bumrah
The stand-in India captain pulled the first ball for four, then watched the next delivery fly over his head for five wides. He then top-edged a front-foot no-ball bouncer for six, smashed a full toss for four and edged another one to the fine leg boundary. Finally, Bumrah swung successive half-trackers away for a four and six before scrambling a single off a Yorker.
‘Sometimes you think you’ve seen it all and then this game shows you you’re a student in life – you’ll see something even more bizarre!’ said ex-India coach Ravi Shastri, who commentated on Broad’s 36-run over to Yuvraj 15 years ago.
Meanwhile, England legends were lining up to lay into Broad’s bowling. ‘They were poor tactics,’ said former skipper Hussain. ‘There are three stumps there for a reason. The reason they are batting No 9, 10, 11 is because they can’t keep the good ones out. There is a bit of ego and frustration. Broad knows the problem he’s had against the short ball and he goes short and then you completely lose the plot.’
Broad’s 550th Test victim was tailender Mohamed Shami with the fourth ball of his first over
Bumrah’s assault on Broad meant India racked up 78 priceless runs in just 59 minutes, with the skipper finishing unbeaten on 31 from 16 balls. And for all the transformation we have seen under new coach Brendon McCullum and captain Stokes this summer, the passage of play was eerily familiar to last year at Lord’s in the second Test of this elongated series.
Then, Shami and Bumrah put on 89 in an unbroken ninth-wicket stand on the final day, extending India’s lead from 182 to 271. England were then rolled for 120 inside two sessions with then captain Root admitting: ‘Tactically I got a few things wrong.’
About yesterday’s short-ball shambles, ex-England spinner Phil Tufnell fumed: ‘I don’t understand it. England have done it before and it’s the definition of madness.
‘I know we’re in this new fantastic era where everything’s great and everything’s positive but that is just annoying. What happened to top of off stump with the new ball?’
Despite the bowler’s milestone England ended a stop-start second day in trouble on 84-5
HOW BROAD ‘LOST THE PLOT’
Stuart Broad bowled the most expensive over in Test history yesterday as Jasprit Bumrah helped smash the England seamer for 35 – seven more than the previous record.
BALL 1 – FOUR RUNS: Bumrah hooks a short ball towards fine leg but it drops short of Zak Crawley and runs to the boundary.
Ball 2 – FIVE WIDES: Broad’s bouncer flies well over the head of Bumrah and England wicketkeeper Sam Billings and races away to the fence.
Ball 3 – SIX RUNS PLUS A NO-BALL: Bumrah top edges another short ball for six as the no-ball leaves Broad with 16 runs off just one legitimate delivery.
Ball 4 – FOUR RUNS: Broad goes fuller with a waist-high full toss that Bumrah clubs down the ground for four.
Ball 5 – FOUR RUNS: An inside edge past leg stump brings Bumrah another boundary and takes India past 400.
Ball 6 – FOUR RUNS: Bumrah hooks another short ball through midwicket, falls over, narrowly avoids kicking his stumps and leaves the India team in hysterics on the balcony.
Ball 7 – SIX RUNS: Short again and hooked again as Bumrah sends the ball soaring over the rope for six to break the record.
Ball 8 – ONE RUN: Bumrah digs out a yorker and scampers through for a single. Broad clatters into the stumps attempting a run-out but Siraj dives to safety.