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Stuart Broad's Ashes moments - Batting record-breaker

Broad celebrates reaching 50. (©GettyImages)
Broad celebrates reaching 50. (©GettyImages).

Stuart Broad may regard team achievements in higher esteem than reaching individual goals, but there must have been some personal satisfaction after his own performances at Headingley in 2009, despite England's heavy defeat.

England won they toss on a seemingly flat track in Leeds in the fourth Test, but were immediately made to regret the decision to bat as the were demolished by Australia having reached just 102 on the opening day.

Australia wracked up over 400 in response, with Broad claiming 6-93 - his second five-wicket haul in Test matches and a personal best in international cricket for the 23-year-old paceman.

England's second innings hardly got off to the best start when Andrew Strauss and Ravi Bopara were dismissed in consecutive balls with the score on 58, before the hosts slumped to 120-7 before lunch on day three.

Enter Broad who, along with Graeme Swann, crashed an eighth-wicket partnership of 108 from 79 balls - England's fastest ever century stand, and the second quickest in the history of Test cricket.

At one point the swashbuckling pair carted the Australians for 47 runs off 2.4 overs; hitting 18 boundaries between them as both Broad (61) and Swann (62) reached half-centuries.

They were, however, unable to prevent England from falling to a convincing defeat, as Australia levelled the series at 1-1 going into the final Test match at The Oval.

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