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Stuart-Jimmy in exclusive company

Afp, Southampton

Stuart Broad said he was elated to have joined some of his cricket "heroes" as he and England new-ball partner James Anderson became only the third pace pair to take a combined 500 Test wickets.

Broad finished the third day of the third Test against India at Southampton with three for 65 and Anderson took three for 52.

It meant the England duo found themselves in the company of Pakistan's Wasim Akram and Waqar Younis and the West Indies' Curtly Ambrose and Courtney Walsh in being the only pace bowling pairs to have an aggregate total of 500 or more Test wickets.

"To go into the company of Wasim and Waqar, and Courtney and Curtly is a huge honour," said Broad after stumps on Wednesday.

"They were four heroes of mine growing up," the 28-year-old son of former England opening batsman Chris Broad added.

"I think it shows the value of partnerships when bowling.

"Jimmy and I constantly talk on and off the field even though we have played a lot of cricket."

Published: 12:00 am Friday, August 01, 2014

Last modified: 1:04 am Friday, August 01, 2014

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