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Stuart Broad Announces Retirement from Cricket after Ashes 2023

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Stuart Broad Announces Retirement from Cricket after Ashes 2023

(CTN News) – In a heartfelt announcement after the third day’s play at The Oval, Stuart Broad, the seasoned English fast bowler, revealed that the upcoming fifth Ashes Test would mark his final appearance in professional cricket, drawing the curtains on an illustrious 17-year international career.

A Glorious Journey: Stuart Broad’s Achievement as One of Cricket’s Leading Pacers

Stuart Broad, a cricketing stalwart, is one of only two pacers to surpass 600 Test wickets, joining forces with his teammate James Anderson in this remarkable feat.

Additionally, he became the third bowler ever to claim 150+ Test wickets in the fiercely contested Ashes series during the Oval Test. The seasoned cricketer will retire as the fifth-highest wicket-taker in the history of Test cricket.

With a current tally of 602 Test wickets, Stuart Broad still has the opportunity to further bolster his impressive record during Australia’s chase in the fifth Test. Moreover, he can add to his runs tally of 3656 when England resumes their second innings at 389/9. Broad’s illustrious career boasts eight five-wicket hauls and one ten-wicket haul, firmly establishing his legacy as a prolific wicket-taker.

While his Test career shines with glory, Broad also showcased his talent in limited-overs formats. In One Day Internationals (ODIs), he secured 178 wickets before bidding farewell in 2016, while in T20 Internationals (T20Is), he amassed an impressive tally of 65 wickets in 56 matches, the last of which was in 2014.

Speaking with Sky Sports after Day 3, Stuart Broad expressed his gratitude and stated, “It’s been a wonderful ride, a huge privilege to wear the Nottinghamshire and the England badge as much as I have. And, I’m loving cricket as much as I ever have.

It’s been a wonderful series to be a part of, and I’ve always wanted to finish at the top. And this series feels like one of the most enjoyable and entertaining I’ve been a part of.”

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Broad’s Last Ashes Battle: A Fitting End to an Extraordinary Career

The decision to retire had been on Broad’s mind for a couple of weeks, and he finally decided at 8:30 PM on Friday. The Ashes series held a special place in his heart, and he wanted to conclude his cricketing journey on this prestigious stage.

“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,” he said.

Stuart Broad shared the news with his teammate Ben Stokes on the previous night and conveyed it to the rest of the team on the morning of Day 4. The timing felt right for him, and he wished to avoid unnecessary speculation or leaks.

“I have thought a lot about it, and even up till 8 pm last night, I was 50/50. But when I went up to Stokesy’s room and told him, I have felt really happy and content with everything I have achieved,” Stuart Broad revealed.

Throughout his career, Stuart Broad delivered several match-winning performances. Notably, in the 2015 Ashes Test at Nottingham, he bagged astounding figures of 8 for 15, his career-best innings haul, helping England dismiss Australia for a mere 60 runs.

Another unforgettable moment came in 2009 at the Oval when his mesmerizing spell of 5 for 37 helped England clinch a victory over Australia by 197 runs, securing a series triumph.

Despite his prowess with the ball, Stuart Broad also showcased his abilities as a skilled batsman. He once achieved a five-wicket haul in ODIs, claiming figures of 5-23 against South Africa in 2008.

Moreover, he exhibited his finesse in T20Is with a memorable four-wicket haul against New Zealand in 2013. However, history was also made when Yuvraj Singh famously struck Broad for six sixes in an over during the 2007 T20 World Cup.

As cricket bids farewell to Stuart Broad, fans and players celebrate his exceptional career and the countless memories, he has created throughout his journey. His contributions to the sport will undoubtedly remain etched in the annals of cricketing history.

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