Stuart Broad picks his all-time favourite Australian cricketer
The 'favourite' was one of Australia's gun players.
Published - Jan 30, 2019 6:58 pm | Updated - Jan 30, 2019 6:58 pm
Some cricketers do not have their popularity limited to nations and colours. Their great feats on the ground make them universally popular and there are quite a few like that from the Australian squad that ruled the cricketing world not too long ago. Wisden recently came up with a question asking non-Australian fans to name their favourite Aussie cricketer of all time and one to give his response was Stuart Broad, a cricketer from Australia’s arch-rivals England. Stuart, son of former England cricketer Chris Broad, is one of England’s top bowlers in the Tests with 433 scalps.
He named former Australia bowling spearhead Glenn McGrath as his all-time favourite Australian cricketer, although the fans did not necessarily agree with his take. But seeing an England fast picking up a legendary counterpart from Ashes rivals Australia was special.
Stuart has expressed his respect for the ‘Pigeon’ earlier as well by saying he wanted to bowl like the former great. Though his off-form in the last Ashes that was played on Australian soil had seen the same McGrath calling for his ouster in the fourth Test after the former took just five wickets in the first three.
Here is Broad’s tweet
— Stuart Broad (@StuartBroad8) January 30, 2019
McGrath scored just 78 runs more than his tally of wickets in Tests
McGrath, who scored 641 runs in his Test career but took 563 wickets, was one of Australia’s top performers in his playing days. A consistent performer on the corridor of uncertainty, McGrath played for Australia for 14 years, almost picked 950 wickets in international cricket. He was the highest wicket-taking pacer (563 scalps) in the long format till recently when England’s James Anderson, the opening partner to Stuart, bettered his record.
Broad, 32, has 666 scalps at the moment in a career spanning over 12 years. He is tied with South African pacer Dale Steyn at 433 wickets in Tests to be the joint second-highest wicket-taker amongst fast bowlers in the longer format among the current players.