Stuart Broad, England’s second-highest Test wicket taker, has announced that the final Ashes Test will be his last game of cricket. In an interview with Sky Sports, Broad expressed his gratitude for the opportunity to represent Nottinghamshire and England. He also mentioned his love for the sport and how this particular series has been one of the most enjoyable and entertaining for him.
On day three of the match, England had a dominant performance. After dismissing Australia for 295 runs on day two, Ben Duckett and Zak Crawley quickly took the lead in the opening session. They formed a partnership of 79 runs before Duckett was caught by wicketkeeper Alex Carey. Crawley and Ben Stokes guided England to lunch with a score of 130-1. However, both players, along with Harry Brook, were dismissed in the afternoon session. Joe Root fell just short of a century with 91 runs, while Jonny Bairstow scored 78 runs. Australia managed to take most of England’s wickets towards the end of the day, but they still face a significant deficit of 377 runs.
Stuart Broad’s retirement comes as a surprise to many, as he is known for his fierce competitiveness and continuous desire to improve. Throughout his career, he delivered impressive performances that included his spell of eight for 15 against Australia in 2015. He may not have received as much attention as his long-time bowling partner, James Anderson, but his record speaks for itself, as he is the second-highest wicket taker among seamers in Test cricket.
Former England teammate, Sir Alastair Cook, paid tribute to Broad, highlighting his ability to deliver in crucial moments. Broad himself mentioned that he had thought about retiring for a while and ultimately decided to leave on a high note. He wanted his last game to be in Ashes cricket, as the England vs Australia matches have been particularly significant to him.
Stuart Broad’s retirement marks the end of an illustrious career that included many memorable moments. Throughout his Test career, he showcased his skills with exceptional performances against various opponents. Broad leaves behind a lasting legacy and will be remembered as one of the most successful pace bowlers in cricket history.