Broad is the tenth cricketer to reach the milestone of 150 games in the longer format. James Anderson (167) and Alastair Cook (161) are the other two Englishmen to have played more than 150 Tests.
Broad removed Marcus Harris in the opening session on the first day of the day-night Test to mark the occasion. After that, David Warner and Marnus Labuschagne survived a tricky phase.
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Opting to bat first, Australia got off to a bad start as Broad struck in the eighth over to dismissi Harris (3). It was an athletic catch from Jos Buttler as Australia lost their first wicket.
Warner and Labuschagne then batted cautiously to make sure Australia doesn’t lose any further wickets in the opening session.
In the first session, Australia scored 45/1 in 25 overs, with Warner and Labuschagne unbeaten on the crease.
Ahead of the start of the match, Australia’s new Test captain Pat Cummins was ruled out of the game after being deemed a close contact of a person who received a positive COVID-19 test last night.
Steve Smith is leading the team in Cummins’s absence. Debutant Michael Neser has been included in the playing XI, while Travis Head is the vice-captain.