Only Paceman James Anderson (690), a Longtime England New-Ball teammate, is Ranked Higher Overall than him
Self-described Test “addict” Stuart Broad was able to retire on his own terms by announcing on Saturday that he will do so after the Ashes final at The Oval.
It may seem strange to make such a comment after stumps on the third day of a Test in which England is trying to defeat its archrivals and tie the series.
But in a 167-match career that has produced 602 Test wickets so far, the fifth-highest total of any bowler, Broad, 37, has never been afraid to go his own way.
Only paceman James Anderson (690), a longtime England new-ball partner, is ahead of him on the all-time record.
It has come a long way from the early setback in Broad’s international career, when Yuvraj Singh of India smacked him for six sixes in a single over during the 2007 World Twenty20 in South Africa.
As a result of his comeback, Broad—who first gained notoriety at English county Leicestershire before moving on to Midlands rivals Nottinghamshire—became recognized for his ability to change a game with game-winning bursts. He has taken five or more wickets in a Test innings 20 times.
When leading the attack in place of the injured Anderson during England’s 2015 Ashes victory, he spurred an Australia collapse to 60 all out and took an incredible 8-15 on his Trent Bridge home field in Nottingham.
He was already well-known in Australia thanks to his refusal to leave the crease after edging to slip in an Ashes game on the same field two years earlier, only for umpire Aleem Dar to rule in his favor.
Broad scored 65 runs while still on 37 in a game that England won by just 14 runs.
Truly a champion
Glenn McGrath, an Australian legend and Broad’s childhood hero, said on Saturday that Broad was a “true champion” because of his ability to perform at his best under pressure.
According to McGrath, whose total of 563 Test wickets was exceeded by Broad last year, “he loves the big moments, he loves the pressure and that is the sign of a true champion,” McGrath told the BBC. He’s been outstanding for England for a very, very long period.
Broad didn’t begin bowling until the very end of a school career that suggested he may emulate his Ashes-winning batting father Chris Broad.
While Stuart Broad’s brilliant 169 against Pakistan at Lord’s in 2010 still demonstrated his batting prowess, he has never quite been the same with the bat since breaking his nose on an Indian player’s bouncer four years later.
With blond hair and youthful good looks, Broad has won the Ashes four times.He has consistently been a formidable foe.
That was never more apparent than when, after being overlooked for England’s tour of the Caribbean the previous year, he was given the opportunity to recover under the ‘Bazball’ leadership of Brendon McCullum, the head coach, and captain Ben Stokes.
During this week’s rain-delayed draw in Manchester, England’s premier bowler in the current Ashes series, Broad, became just the seventh person to take 600 Test wickets.
He later said, “I am addicted to Test cricket.”I’m impressed by how tough and competitive it is. Being included on the list with some of the greatest players ever is fantastic.
David Warner has encountered particular difficulty against Broad, who has dismissed the Australia opener 17 times.
The top batters of his time have been regularly challenged by Broad’s ability to produce bounce and late movement from a 6 feet 5 inch (1.95 metre) frame, despite the fact that he is not an express pace bowler.
But he said that he hoped cricket fans would remember him as much for his competitive spirit as for his talent.
“I would say every day I’ve pulled on a Nottinghamshire shirt or an England shirt, I’ve given my heart and soul,” he declared.
There probably won’t be too many cricket fans who believe I took a brief break from practicing.
Retirement of Stuart Broad: What was mentioned
Important statements made following England paceman Stuart Broad’s announcement that he was quitting cricket during Saturday’s fifth and final Ashes Test against Australia at The Oval:
He is an unquestionably outstanding player for England, having played in 167 matches and taken 602 wickets. His 8-15 against Australia at Trent Bridge in 2015 was the pinnacle of his career. He has taken more Ashes wickets than any other player wearing an England jersey, and according to him, the Ashes brought out his finest play. I believe this is why he chose to play here. — England’s former captain Michael Atherton
“A great cricketer ought to retire from the sport at the pinnacle… I believe the community will want to say goodbye to him during the next days.He is the finished product. — Nasser Hussain, a former England captain, on having “fitness, hunger, talent, and cunning.”
“I’m surprised and a little emotional,” Stuart Broad is the one player who consistently performs in crucial situations alongside Ben Stokes. And consider what a player must be experiencing when that occurs. ― Alastair Cook, a former England captain and teammate
Without a question, Stuart Broad is one of England’s all-time best players.. It is appropriate that he should decide to retire from the sport after the conclusion of such a hotly contested and thrilling Ashes series because he is one of the hardest competitors in the game. — CEO of the England and Wales Cricket Board Richard Gould
He charges in regardless of the situation and battles all day, which is what you appreciate in a person like that, according to the cricketer. His record is also incredible. His career has not been good. — Australia’s off-spinner Todd Murphy