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Broad takes 400th test wicket against New Zealand

Stuart Broad has become only the second English bowler to reach 400 Test wickets. Credit: PA

Stuart Broad has become only the second English bowler to reach 400 Test wickets.

Broad followed his team-mate, and all-time national leading wicket-taker, James Anderson to the feat when he had Tom Latham clipping a catch to midwicket at the start of the final session on day one of the first Test against New Zealand in Auckland.

His notable achievement, however, was overshadowed by England's collapse to 58 all out in New Zealand's inaugural day-night Test.In reply, the hosts were 92 for two.

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England waiting on Broad heel injury

Broad was only able to bowl one over before leaving the field complaining of pain in the problem area. Credit: PA

England will find out later today whether Stuart Broad will be available for the first Test against South Africa after the fast bowler aggravated a long-standing injury to his left heel yesterday.

Broad was only able to bowl one over before leaving the field complaining of pain in the problem area as Nottinghamshire completed a comprehensive innings-and-280-run victory over Leicestershire in the Specsavers County Championship.

Press Association Sport understands the 30-year-old has undergone a scan and England should know whether he will be fit to face the Proteas later this afternoon.

Broad has been managing his left heel for a number of years and wears special bowling boots in an effort to prevent injury.

Nottinghamshire head coach Peter Moores moved to allay fears over the paceman, saying: "Stuart had a bit of pain in his heel, he's had it for a while.

"If the situation had been different he could have pushed on through it, but there was no need to so he came off and we'll monitor it and look after him."

Broad is the latest bowling concern for England ahead of the start of the Test summer in two weeks' time, with Chris Woakes struggling with a side strain while James Anderson has only recently recovered from a groin injury.

Stuart Broad becomes top-ranked Test bowler

Stuart Broad. Credit: PA

Stuart Broad has become the number one Test bowler in the world after inspiring England to victory over South Africa in the third Test.

Broad's best overseas figures of six for 17 sealed a 2-0 series win in Johannesburg and catapulted him to number one in the International Cricket Council's rankings.

Steve Harmison was the last England bowler to reach the summit, back in 2004, with Sir Ian Botham also achieving top spot in 1980.

Broad, the top wicket-taker in the current series with 15 at 16.46, overtakes India spinner Ravichandran Ashwin and injured Proteas paceman Dale Steyn.

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Broad sorry over missing event with 'migraine'

Stuart Broad reportedly went out drinking. Credit: PA

Stuart Broad says he missed a sponsors event on Thursday morning due a migraine.

It was reported that the England bowler has not returned to his hotel room until 7am on Thursday morning following a drinking session with Matt Prior, but the Nottinghamshire seamer has played down the claims.

I don't want to go into massive detail about it but I think it was probably not as bad as it was portrayed. And I woke up with a migraine.

I wasn't on England duty for the ECB but I did apologise for putting them in that position because after the week they've had with (Andrew) Strauss and Pietersen, it was probably not what they needed.

I feel like now is the time as a team that we need to go 'cricket, cricket, cricket' because when we do that, that is generally when we get some good results.

– Stuart Broad

England bowler takes wicket despite two black eyes

England bowler Stuart Broad claimed the wicket of India batsman Cheteshwar Pujara today despite playing with two black eyes.

Broad seen warming up this morning. Credit: PA

He had been pictured in a team photograph yesterday with heavy bruising and bandaging on his nose.

Broad seen yesterday with heavy bandaging on his nose. Credit: Reuters

Broad sustained the injury after being hit by the ball in the previous test at Old Trafford.

Broad edged a bouncer delivery and the ball wedged in the gap between his peak and his grill. Credit: Reuters
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