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Stuart Broad is about to join his country's 100-Test club. Below are the 13 England players who have already reached the milestone:

Alastair Cook - 135. England's record Test runscorer marked his debut in March 2006 with a second-innings century against India in Nagpur. His 100th Test coincided with opposite number Michael Clarke's twin milestone in Perth, where Australia clinched the Ashes in December 2013. Cook is still going strong.

Alec Stewart - 133. Stewart's first taste of Test cricket was a nine-wicket win in Jamaica over the still mighty West Indies, in 1990. Ten years later, he hit 105 against the same opponents in his 100th Test at Old Trafford - a draw in which Michael Atherton joined him with 100 caps. Stewart signed off, without batting in the second innings, as England beat South Africa at The Oval to earn a 2-2 series draw in September 2003.

James Anderson - 119. Took five wickets at his first attempt, in victory over Zimbabwe at Lord's in May 2003. Anderson - one of only two pace bowlers before Broad, alongside all-rounder Ian Botham to reach 100 Tests - did so in a draw against West Indies in Antigua last year. England hope to have him back from injury in time perhaps for the second Test against India.

Ian Bell - 118. Bell began with 70 in his only innings at The Oval as England wrapped up a 4-0 series win over West Indies in 2004. A decade on came his 100th Test, an agonising defeat to Sri Lanka at Headingley to lose the series 1-0. Bell may have played his final Test, after being dropped at the end of last year's series defeat against Pakistan in the United Arab Emirates.

Graham Gooch -118. Gooch, famously, made a pair on debut against Australia at Edgbaston in 1975 - and after one more Ashes Test that summer, was not picked again for three years. His 100th Test came as captain on England's unsuccessful 1992/3 tour of India, at Kolkata, and two years later the all-time record first-class runscorer finished his epic Test career against Australia, at Perth.

David Gower - 117. England's renowned stylist began with a half-century in the Edgbaston win over Pakistan in 1978. Gower's 100th Test brought him little else to celebrate, in a Headingley defeat to West Indies during the vexed summer of 1988. He returned successfully, however, before eventually playing his last Test when Pakistan sealed a 2-1 series win at The Oval in 1992.

Michael Atherton - 115. A second-ball duck on debut against Australia at Trent Bridge was not the most promising of starts in 1989. But Atherton prospered, and reached his 100th Test on his home ground at Old Trafford against West Indies in 2000. His last match came against Australia at The Oval, where the tourists won the 2001 Ashes 4-1.

Colin Cowdrey - 114. Two innings brought him 50 between them in his first Test, an innings defeat in Brisbane from which England recovered to win the 1954/55 Ashes. Cowdrey went on to become the first player to reach 100 Tests, marking the occasion with a century as captain against Australia at Edgbaston in the drawn series of 1968. His final Test came in the consolation win over Australia at Melbourne in 1974/75.

Geoffrey Boycott - 108. After his debut at Trent Bridge against Australia in 1964, Boycott became a fixture at the top of the order and was still churning out runs by the time he reached his 100th Test against the same opponents at Lord's 17 years later. It was not until January 1982 in Kolkata that his Test career ended, in a draw.

Kevin Pietersen - 104. Pietersen's twin half-centuries in his first match for his adopted country were the preface to England's stunning Ashes fightback in 2005, after that opening defeat at Lord's. His 100th Test brought disappointment, as England lost by 308 runs to Australia in Brisbane in 2013/14 - this time en route to a whitewash series defeat and the controversial end of Pietersen's Test career following the final match in Sydney.

Ian Botham - 102. Botham's five-wicket first-innings haul on debut came in a Test notable too for Boycott's 1977 comeback, in the Trent Bridge win over Australia. Botham's 100th Test came more than a decade after his heroics in the 1981 Ashes series, helping England to a less famous series win over New Zealand with a draw in Wellington in February 1992. The following summer saw the end of his Test career, in a two-wicket defeat against Pakistan at Lord's.

Graham Thorpe - 100. Another who began with a second-innings hundred, against Australia at Trent Bridge in July 1993, Thorpe bowed out after his 100th Test - and an unbeaten half-century in an innings win over Zimbabwe at Chester-le-Street - when England's selectors preferred the emerging force Pietersen for the 2005 Ashes.

Andrew Strauss - 100. Strauss began as he meant to go on - with a century on his home ground at Lord's against New Zealand in May 2004. He signed off after his 100th Test, in which he led England to a 51-run defeat as South Africa took match and series to replace their hosts as the world's number one team.

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