Stuart Broad: Top spells in Test cricket by England legend

Stuart Broad, one of England's cricketing legends, has left a mark on the game of cricket with his extraordinary fast-bowling prowess.

As he announces his retirement after a stellar showing in Ashes 2023, where he helped England end with a series-levelling win, cricket enthusiasts reminisce about some of the most remarkable spells he conjured during his spectacular Test career. Let's take a trip down memory lane and revisit some of the top performances on the cricket field from Stuart Broad.

8/15 – Australia, Trent Bridge, 2015

The iconic Broad spell at Trent Bridge during the Ashes remains etched in the memories of cricket fans worldwide. With the series hanging in the balance, Broad seized the opportunity and dismantled the Australian side with sheer brilliance. In just 9.3 mesmerizing overs, he dismissed the likes of Chris Rogers and Steve Smith, setting the tone for a dominant display of seam bowling in English conditions. All eight of his wickets were caught in the slips, including a spectacular catch by Ben Stokes that resulted in one of the most memorable poses of Broad's career.

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6/17 – South Africa, Wanderers, 2016

Broad's heroics extended beyond English shores, as he decimated the formidable South African batting lineup at Wanderers. Facing the daunting task of chasing a target set by the top-ranked Proteas, Broad exhibited impeccable control and movement off the Johannesburg pitch. He claimed the first six wickets, conceding only one run, leaving South Africa in tatters and paving the way for England's historic series win.

6/22 – Australia, Chester-le-Street, 2013

While Broad's spell at Trent Bridge garnered widespread acclaim, his performance at Durham in 2013 was arguably even more impressive. In a gripping Ashes encounter, he orchestrated a devastating assault on the Australian batting order. By dismissing Michael Clarke and Steve Smith, Broad turned the tide in England's favor, securing a series-clinching victory in just 9.3 exceptional overs.

6/46 – India, Trent Bridge, 2011

During the second Test against India at Trent Bridge, Broad delivered a spell that shattered India's resistance. With the visitors on the verge of building a substantial lead, Broad took charge with the second new ball. He claimed Yuvraj Singh's wicket before registering the first hat-trick of his career, dismantling India's middle-to-lower order. His final figures of 6/46 helped England turn the tide and eventually win the series 4-0.

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6/31 – West Indies, Manchester, 2020

When international cricket resumed after the pandemic-induced hiatus, Broad took center stage during West Indies' tour of England. In the first Test at Manchester, he showcased his class by tearing through the visitors' batting lineup. With 6/31 in the first innings and four more wickets in the second, Broad demonstrated his dominance and reached the milestone of 500 Test wickets.

7/44 – New Zealand, Lord's, 2013

In a riveting Test against New Zealand at Lord's, England found themselves defending a target of 239. Broad stepped up to the challenge, delivering an extraordinary assault on the Black Caps' top order. His fiery spell saw him finish with figures of 7/44 in just 11 overs, guiding England to a series-clinching victory.

Stuart Broad's retirement marks the end of a spectacular partnership in English and world cricket. James Anderson and Broad produced one of the most memorable bowling partnerships in the history of the game with more than 1000 wickets shared between the two in Tests together, a word record. Throughout his career, Broad has showcased immense skill, resilience, and passion for the game. Some of these extraordinary spells will forever be in the memory of Test cricket fans. 

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Stuart Broad – All five-wicket hauls in Test cricket

Broad has produced quite a few sizzling spells in his long Test career, and ended up with 20 hauls of five wickets or more in an innings, some of which made it to the list above. But there are quite a few other spells too by the tall English seamer that deserves appreciation.

Here's listing down every five-wicket haul taken by the fast bowler in Test cricket:

8/15v AustraliaNottingham06-Aug-15
7/44v New ZealandLord's16-May-13
7/72v West IndiesLord's17-May-12
6/17v South AfricaJohannesburg14-Jan-16
6/25v IndiaManchester07-Aug-14
6/31v West IndiesManchester24-Jul-20
6/46v IndiaNottingham29-Jul-11
6/50v AustraliaChester-le-Street09-Aug-13
6/51v New ZealandWellington14-Mar-13
6/54v New ZealandChristchurch30-Mar-18
6/81v AustraliaBrisbane21-Nov-13
6/91v AustraliaLeeds07-Aug-09
5/37v AustraliaThe Oval20-Aug-09
5/51v IrelandLord's01-Jun-23
5/69v South AfricaLeeds02-Aug-12
5/71v AustraliaChester-le-Street09-Aug-13
5/85v West IndiesKingston04-Feb-09
5/86v AustraliaBirmingham01-Aug-19
5/101v AustraliaSydney05-Jan-22
5/109v New ZealandLeeds29-May-15

Rohit is an experienced cricket writer based in India