England pacer Stuart Broad set to retire from Cricket post Oval Test

Stuart Broad has 602 wickets to his name from 166 Test appearances for England.

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Stuart Broad. (Photo Source: Philip Brown/Popperfoto/Popperfoto via Getty Images)

The legendary England pacer Stuart Broad has decided to call it time on his cricket career post the conclusion of the Ashes 2023 series. Notably, it was on Friday evening that the pacer reached out to his two teammates and stalwarts of the game James Anderson and Joe Root, respectively, and informed them of his decision. Moreover, it was also claimed that Broad was teary-eyed while communicating his retirement decision.

Notably, last week Broad picked his landmark 600th Test wicket at Old Trafford in Manchester. Following that he became the fifth most wicket-taking bowler in the world. Moreover, he is only the second English bowler after his counterpart James Anderson to have taken 600 wickets.

Meanwhile, reflecting on his decision to bid adieu to his career, Broad said that he has been thinking about it for quite some time. Besides, he also added that he loves playing against the arch-rivals Australia. The lanky pacer also believes that this was the best time to arrive at the conclusion of his long career as he considers 'The Ashes' as the most cherished event of cricket.

"I've been thinking about it for a while, a few weeks. England vs Australia has always been the pinnacle for me - I have loved the battles with Australia that have come my way and the team's way, I have a love affair with Ashes and I think I wanted my last bat and bowl to be in Ashes cricket," Broad stated.
"I told Stokesy last night and told the changing room this morning and to be honest, it just felt the right time and I didn't want friends or Nottinghamshire team-mates to see things that might come out, so I prefer to just say it now, and just give it a good crack for the last Australia innings," he further added.

Broad broke Ian Botham's record to become the leading wicket-taker in 'The Ashes'

Interestingly, Stuart Broad has never missed an Ashes series played at home since 2009. From 25 Test appearances so far, the 37-year-old has picked 104 wickets with a decent 26.56. As a result, Broad surpassed the legendary Ian Botham to claim the record for most Test wickets against Australia.
In totality, the pacer has 151 wickets in his Ashes career. Just recently, he trapped Usman Khawaja to reach the 150-mark. With Australia about to chase their goal of winning this test going into Day 4, Broad has the chance to extend his wickets tally in the fourth innings. Notably, the Nottingham-born made his Test debut for England against Sri Lanka away from home back in 2007.

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