'Still feel like I've a lot to offer' - Stuart Broad looking forward to productive year after Sydney five-for Ashes: Stuart Broad looking forward to a productive year in 2022 after the five wicket haul

‘Still feel like I’ve a lot to offer’ – Stuart Broad looking forward to productive year after Sydney five-for

I'm old and experienced enough to know how to bowl on different pitches and how to get myself ready, Broad said.

Stuart Broad
Stuart Broad. (Photo by Mark Brake – CA/Cricket Australia via Getty Images)

Stuart Broad has already shown the England side that they have made a big mistake in the Ashes by leaving him out for the first and third Test. The veteran seamer has a phenomenal record and thrives on wickets in Australia. His record against David Warner is staggering as he has dismissed him 13 times now including the ongoing fourth Test dismissal. He finished with the figures of 5 for 101 in the first innings against Australia to be the pick of the bowlers.

Broad hasn’t played many Tests of late and injury concerns to Ollie Robinson ensured that the former got the nod. The 35-year-old has bowled some brilliant spells in the Ashes in the past but, the age factor hasn’t allowed him to get to his normal rhythm. He is yet to bring his best, but this Test could be the start of his redemption and he mentioned his desire to contribute a lot more at the end of the day.

Game time at 35 feels special, reckons Stuart Broad

Broad stated about the realization of the value of every match that he plays at 35 years of age since there are a lot of quicks banging the door. He mentioned that the experience of 150 Tests had worked in his favor for the preparations and was quite convinced about making 2022 a grand year for him.

“I still feel like I have a lot to offer this team. Whether that is playing week in, week out like I did when I was 26, 27, maybe not. But I’m old and experienced enough to know how to bowl on different pitches and how to get myself ready and right when the chances come.”

“I think when you haven’t been playing, particularly at 35 years old, you realize how special it is. I’ve had points in my career where I’ve felt like I’ve always been playing. That’s not happened in 2021 and it’s my job to make that happen in 2022,” Broad told BT Sport after stumps on Thursday.

Broad also felt the need to earn his place in the side rather than getting it without adequate performances. With 526 Test wickets, the English seamer will be looking to make a much bigger impact in the second innings as well.

“It’s frustrating when you miss out, particularly on pitches where you feel you have a positive influence. But no one has a given right to be on the side. You have to earn that and you can only do it with the right opportunities. That’s top-flight sport and there are big decisions all around the world to be made on that sort of thing,” he added