Stuart Broad 'one of the five greatest bowlers in England history'

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Stuart Broad is one of the top five Test bowlers in England's history.

That is according to Broad's director of cricket at Nottinghamshire and England selector, Mick Newell.

Broad's 6-17 last Saturday not only delivered England an unassailable 2-0 series win over South Africa, with just one to play but also took the 29-year-old to the top of the ICC Test rankings.


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The last England bowler to top such a list was Steve Harmison in 2004, following his devastating form in the West Indies and Newell was in no doubt that Broad should be considered amongst the very best.

"It's not just in the number of wickets he's taken, but in terms of match-winning performances," said Newell.

"I think to become number one Test bowler in the world, as he's now achieved this weekend, is a fantastic thing for Stuart.

"He has these runs of great form and Saturday was one of those examples.

"I think if you're looking at English Test bowlers since the history of the game he's got to be in the top five now."

Match-winning ability

With statistics in cricket now regularly over-analysed, they can often be misleading and in Broad's case they certainly don't tell the full story. 

With 330 Test wickets in 90 games at an average of 28.54, Broad's statistics are certainly impressive; however, it is his ability to change games that has made him such a valuable asset to this England team. 

Broad has now claimed a five-wicket haul in a session, a staggering seven times. Such irresistible potential has made England a highly dangerous bowling attack, with Broad's performances on the big occasion particularly impressive.

In three successive home Ashes series, Broad has decidedly swung a Test match in England's favour: 2009 at the Oval, 2013 at Chester le Street and last summer at Trent Bridge when he blew Australia away with figures of 8-15.

England's fourth and final test against South Africa begins at Centurion on Friday with Broad looking to add to his 15 wickets in the series thus far. 

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Kevin Pietersen
England cricket

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