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Oakham old-boy Stuart Broad rips through Australia




England's Stuart Broad holds the match ball after taking five wickets during the first test at Lord's Cricket Ground, London. ENGPPP00220130520121335
England's Stuart Broad holds the match ball after taking five wickets during the first test at Lord's Cricket Ground, London. ENGPPP00220130520121335

England bowler Stuart Broad took eight wickets against Australia this morning (Thursday) at Trent Bridge to tip the fourth test of the 2015 Ashes series against Australia heavily in his side’s favour.

Broad grew up in Rutland, attending Brooke Priory Primary School in Oakham before going on to Oakham School for his secondary education where his cricketing talent began to flourish.

Pupils Freddie Scott (Captain), Ruben Scott, Fred Johnson, Joe Rumble, Jacob Davies, Oliver Drakard, Oscar Bryan and Gabriel Tufail-Smith, with England cricket star Stuart Broad. ENGEMN00120130715105143
Pupils Freddie Scott (Captain), Ruben Scott, Fred Johnson, Joe Rumble, Jacob Davies, Oliver Drakard, Oscar Bryan and Gabriel Tufail-Smith, with England cricket star Stuart Broad. ENGEMN00120130715105143

While at the school he was more renowned for his batting but since turning professional he has been one of England’s best bowlers, taking more than 300 wickets and winning the Ashes on three occasions.

Despite the remarkable achievements he has already notched up this morning will go down as one of the greatest days in his career.

Australia were all out for 60 runs in just 18.3 overs.

Broad took eight wickets for 15 runs for the third best bowling figures in England’s history.

They were also the best England bowling figures for more than 20 years by an Englishman, having not been equalled since Devon Malcolm took 9-57 against South Africa in 1994. And while Malcolm took one more wicket giving up just 15 runs is simply remarkable. So remarkable in fact that it had never been done in test cricket before today. It must be said he was greatly assisted by some superb catching from his team mates and terrible shots by Australia.

England lead the Ashes series 2-1 and are now in a strong position to wrap retake the urn.



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