Stuart Broad has emphatically answered questions about his future and stated that he feels he is playing in next year’s Ash home series in England is a realistic goal after admitting his five-wicket move against Australia in Sydney has revived his passion for cricket.
It comes after a disappointing 2021 in which Broad played just seven of England’s 15 Tests, including only one of the first three matches in this current Ashes series.
However, after being recalled for the fourth test at SCG, Broad was the choice of England’s bowlers, takes his 19th five-wicket move and eighth in Ashes cricket on another day, with Australia declaring at 416 for eight.
Broad was disappointed to be overlooked for the first and third tests of this series in Brisbane and Melbourne, saying the green pitches prepared for those matches made him “lick his lips”.
After a difficult summer in which he missed all but one test against India after suffering a calf injury in August, Broad’s setback on this tour had led many to believe that he might retire after this series.
Still, his performance with the ball in Sydney means that he now only needs four wickets more to overtake Sir Ian Botham’s mark of 128 for the most part by an Englishman against Australia, which means he is about to take another Ashes at home next year.
Broad will be 37 when the series starts, but asked if it was a realistic goal for him to still play at the time, he cited the example of James Anderson, his longtime new ball partner, who plays in this series for 39 years. , as inspiration.
“Realistic? Absolutely,” Broad said. “I’m looking at Jimmy. He is 39, 40 in the summer. He really is the most professional I have seen him in the last few years. He has been phenomenal in his approach. It’s a guideline for how to approach things at that age. Why can I not copy it? I’m not as good as Jimmy, and I do not have as many weapons in my closet as he does. But I feel like I have the motivation and drive.
“When you miss test matches, it actually makes you realize how special it is to play. I have not been a regular this year. You know, when I was 26, 27, 28, I expected to play every match. , And I have not done that this year.So when you miss a few pieces and then play, you realize how amazing it is, how special it is.
“I feel like I’ve enjoyed pressured moments over the years. We know with Ashes cricket that we see how much it means to the players. There’s no better feeling than doing it in Ashes cricket. It means the world to me – I I enjoy playing against Australia. I always think they’re a really tough match. That’s why I play sports – I love the competitive side of it. That’s why I keep toot, keep on come after more and more because it is quite addictive, the competitive side of the sport, and I certainly felt that today. ”
At the age of 35, this is Broads 151st Test, and he now has 531 wickets – more than any other nail bowler in history apart from Anderson and Australian Glenn McGrath. He has also already won four Ashes series. So why does he continue?
“Good question,” he said. “There’s no doubt I’ve found the Covid times the toughest in my entire career. It’s just a different way of touring in this modern era. In fact, it’s a pretty nice five-for-ball I have, because it’s the only one I’ve hit for six, the last ball I bowled with it, it had to be disinfected because it went into the crowd, so I got that wet ball back for a five-for.
“It would be nice to keep, you know, the hand sanitizer ball, which in a way shows the modern age we live in.
“I still have a burning desire to practice the sport. I have to admit a few years ago that I was ummmede and aahede and I spent a lot of time talking to my dad [1986-87 Ashes winner Chris Broad] about that. He had a great belief that you should practice the sport you love for as long as you can. His famous saying is ‘you are long retired’, but while the fire is burning you should play because nothing repeats it in life.
“Nothing can give you the satisfaction, the pain, the ups and downs. They are quite addictive. Bowling today made me light the fire again, like “yeah, that’s great”. It’s a fantastic stadium, good atmosphere and bowling at the best of the world – that’s what it’s about.
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