Recently retired English fast bowler Stuart Broad said that he has no regrets after informing skipper Ben Stokes about his decision to step away from the game. Stuart Broad also said he always wanted to retire having loved the game. Stuart Broad retired from professional cricket after the Ashes test series. The right-arm pacer had a fantasy ending, taking the last two Australian wickets to give 49 runs victory for England. He took 604 Test wickets in 167 matches.
Speaking to the Daily Mail, Stuart Broad felt he was on top and it was special to see him do it with his family. He said he never wanted people to think he was rubbish.
“Since I shook Ben Stokes’s hand and told him my decision, I’ve not had one doubt. Not one regret. Finishing with all my family at the Oval, in the way I did was special and I’ve always wanted to leave the game loving it. I’d always retained a bit of a fear of one day playing against an up and coming 20-year-old and them saying: ‘I heard he was OK, but he’s actually rubbish.’ So, I wanted to finish with people thinking I could still do the job.”
Stuart Broad revealed that he and James Anderson did not plan to retire together, which would make up for the huge lack of experience in the dressing room. He also said that James Anderson is determined to remain at the International level. He said:
“It was like an unwritten clause in a contract that Jimmy and I never wanted to finish at the same time. We always wanted an overlap one way or the other, a crossover of knowledge, not 300-plus matches of Test experience disappearing out of the changing room. So, I chatted to Jimmy during the Old Trafford Test and he said he was going to work on loads of different things, would make sure he was as fit as anything going to India this winter and was buzzing about next summer.
Contrary to expectations, James Anderson had a lackluster entry into the 2023 Ashes Series. The 41-year-old pacer took only five wickets in four tests at an average of 85.40.
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” It Was The Most Satisfying Feeling Ever To End That Test Match” – Stuart Broad
Stuart Broad said the last Australian wicket at The Oval was exactly what Jonny Bairstow had predicted and added:
“Funnily enough, I saw Jonny Bairstow the night before in the hotel, after he’d been out with his family for a bite to eat, and he said: ‘You know what’s going to happen, tomorrow? It’s going to finish with a bowled Broad, caught Bairstow.’ So when I was hugging him, I reminded him: ‘You called it’. It was the most satisfying feeling ever to end that Test match.”
A 49 runs victory at The Oval Meant England denied Australia a first series win in the backyard since 2001.