The fifth Ashes Test will be veteran England fast bowler Stuart Broad’s “last game of cricket,” concluding a distinguished career in which he became only the second fast bowler and fourth bowler overall to collect more than 600 wickets in the format. Only behind his longstanding friend and pace partner James Anderson, Stuart Broad will finish his career as England’s second-highest Test wicket-taker.
Stuart Broad Announces Retirement
After the third day of action at the Oval on Saturday, Broad announced on Sky Sports Cricket that “tomorrow or Monday will be my last game of cricket.” “The journey has been great. It has been a wonderful honor for me to wear the England and Nottinghamshire batches as much as I have. It has been such a beautiful series to be a part of, and I am still as in love with cricket as I ever was. I have always wanted to finish on top. This series feels like some of the most entertaining I’ve ever participated in,” he remarked.
The England and Wales Cricket (ECB) released a statement claiming that Broad has declared his retirement from Test cricket even though he has stated that he is retiring from the game. According to the statement, “Stuart Broad has announced his retirement from Test cricket, capping an illustrious 17-year international career.”
Broad claimed that he had been considering retiring for the previous two weeks before deciding to do so at “about 8.30pm last night.” On Friday night, he informed the team’s captain, Ben Stokes, and on Saturday morning, the rest of his teammates. “I had been considering it for a few weeks. The ultimate game for me has always been England vs. Australia. I’m in love with the Ashes, and I wanted to use it as my final at-bat and at-bowl. I told the changing room this morning after telling Stokesy last night. The moment seemed appropriate, he remarked.
On August 28, 2006, Broad played in his first T20I match against Pakistan. In a match that England lost by five wickets, he claimed two wickets. Just over a year later, in a T20 World Cup match against India, Broad was memorably destroyed for six sixes in an over by Yuvraj Singh, but his status continued to improve, and on December 9, 2007, in Colombo, he began his historic Test career against Sri Lanka. In the ultimately drawn game, England only bowled once, and Broad claimed one wicket in the form of Chaminda Vaas.
Stuart Board’s Career
Between 2006 and 2014, Broad played 56 T20Is and claimed 65 wickets. From 2006 to 2016, he played 121 ODIs and claimed 178 wickets. He competed for England in the 2010 T20 World Cup team.
However, in Test cricket, Broad’s statistics are the most significant. At the Oval, where England is attempting to stop Australia from defeating them at home for the first time since 2001, he may still add to his total of 602 wickets. In his international career, he has claimed 845 wickets altogether. In his final match at The Oval this week, Broad, one of just two fast bowlers to surpass 600 Test wickets for his nation (the other being Anderson), recorded his 150th Ashes wicket.
The Ashes have become associated with Broad’s career. He has frequently been labeled “Public Enemy No. 1” by the Australian media due to his belligerent temperament. Since he was the first player from his nation to take more than 150 wickets in the match, he holds the record for the most wickets taken by England against Australia. His total is currently 151, but he still has a chance to surpass Australia’s legendary Glenn McGrath’s record of 157. He currently holds the third-highest wicket total in Ashes history, after only McGrath and the late, great Australian spinner Shane Warne, who claimed 195.