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Broad celebrates his 384th test wicket .

Sir Ian Botham congratulates Stuart Broad as England bowler breaks legend's wicket record

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It was a day of history-making on Saturday at Edgbaston as England comfortably overcame the West Indies in the first Test of three.

The scoreline was an unwelcome reminder of the opposition's recent woes, with England victorious by a mammoth innings and 209 runs.

The first of a three-Test series, the West Indies were bowled out for 168 and 137 on Saturday, with former England captain Michael Vaughan insisting the rest of the series will be ''sad to watch''.

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It was a performance of intent from England, who had an impressive score of 514-8 declared ahead of the West Indies's innings, with Stuart Law surely dreading the remaining two Test matches to come.

Aside from the Windies humiliation, it was a day of record-breaking for England bowler Stuart Broad, who took 3-34 in the second innings to surpass the record of 383 Test wickets set by Sir Ian Botham, who had become the all-time wicket-taker for England back in 1986 at the Oval.

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The 31-year-old was visibly delighted at passing the total set by one of the country's greatest ever, with Botham in the crowd in Birmingham to witness the history-making wicket.

SIR IAN REACHES OUT TO 'BROADY' ON TWITTER

The 61-year-old then took to Twitter after the conclusion of the Test to congratulate Broad, writing that he [Broad] better have a glass or two of the good stuff.

Broad replied, describing Botham as ''Hero, Inspiration and Legend'' on Instagram alongside a photo of the two catching up pitch side after the Test.

Broad now finds himself second on the list of all-time Test wicket takers for England, and after his heroics on Saturday, is 108 wickets away from leading bowler and teammate James Anderson, who sits on 492.

Despite this, after being showered with praise by one of the greatest international cricketers of all time, and nearing an incredible 400 Test wickets for his country, there is no doubt that Stuart Broad has written himself into the history of English cricket forever.

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