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Stuart Broad's Ashes moments - Ashes debut

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Broad on Ashes debut. (©GettyImages)
Broad on Ashes debut. (©GettyImages).

Stuart Broad had been a Test cricketer for over 18 months before he finally contested his first Ashes match, and was granted his maiden opportunity to face the Australians in Cardiff on July 8, 2009.

Then aged 23, Broad entered into the Ashes series with 46 scalps to his name in 17 matches for England, and formed part of an attack that had crushed the West Indies in the previous two Tests of the summer.

Broad was one of three Ashes debutants for England - along with Ravi Bopara and Matt Prior - tasked with taking a significant step towards to regaining the urn, and the home side started well enough on a flat track at Sophia Gardens.

Kevin Pietersen, Paul Collingwood and Matt Prior all hit half-centuries as England were bowled out for 436 after electing to bat, but any satisfaction was short lived when Australia had their opportunity to face.

Phil Hughes was caught behind with the score on 60, but England shipped another 139 runs before their next breakthrough as Simon Katich and Ricky Ponting both reached imperious centuries to extinguish any doubts about Australia's new-look squad.

Marcus North and Brad Haddin also recorded hundreds as Australia posted a mammoth 674-6 dec, with Broad (1-129) one of six bowlers used by England during 181 torturous overs in south Wales.

England were reduced to 20-2 by the close of day four leaving Andrew Strauss' side with the daunting task of batting out the entirety of the final day, and their task was made even harder when Pietersen, Strauss and Prior were all dismissed before lunch on the final morning.

Collingwood dug deep for England as he dead-batted his way to a vital 50, while Andrew Flintoff, Graeme Swann and Broad all provided valuable support, with each staying with him for over an hour.

The departure of the Durham all-rounder meant Jimmy Anderson and Monty Panesar were required to repel 57 deliveries in order to secure a draw, and the final pair were up to the task as England reached the close of play with only one wicket remaining.

It was one of the most dramatic draws ever witnessed in Ashes cricket, and those final moments provided England and Broad with a much needed fillip ahead of the second Test at Lord's.

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