Stuart Broad announces retirement from cricket

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Stuart Broad

England pacer Stuart Broad announced his intention to retire at the close of the upcoming Ashes Test.

Broad announced his retirement at the end of Day 3 of the final Ashes Test at The Oval.

Broad said he decided to retire “around 8.30pm last night,” but had been thinking about it for two weeks. On Friday night, he informed captain Ben Stokes, and the rest of his teammates on Saturday morning.

“Tomorrow or Monday will be my last game of cricket,” said Broad on Sky Sports Cricket after the third day’s play at the Oval on Saturday. “It has been a wonderful ride. A huge privilege to wear the Nottinghamshire and the England batch as much as I have. I am loving cricket as much as I ever had, it has been such a wonderful series to be a part of and I have always wanted to finish on the top.

Stuart Broad made his international debut on August 28, 2006, in a Twenty20 International against Pakistan. In a match that England lost by five wickets, he took two wickets. While Yuvraj Singh famously smacked him for six sixes in an over in a 2007 T20 World Cup match against India, Broad’s stock continued to improve.

He began his illustrious Test career on December 9, 2007 against Sri Lanka in Colombo. England bowled only once in the match, which ended in a draw, and Broad grabbed one wicket of Chaminda Vaas. His career-defining performance came in the 2015 Ashes at Trent Bridge, where he took spectacular figures of 8/15 in just 9.3 overs to rout Australia for 60.

Broad took 65 wickets in 56 T20Is between 2006 and 2014, and 178 wickets in 121 ODIs between 2006 and 2016. He was a member of England’s T20 World Cup-winning squad in 2010.

Stuart Broad’s most telling statistics, though, come from Test cricket. He has 602 wickets to his name, a total he might increase to at the Oval as England attempts to prevent Australia from beating them at home for the first time since 2001. In his international career, he has taken 845 wickets. Broad, along with Anderson, is one of just two fast bowlers in history to have taken 600 Test wickets for their country, and he grabbed his 150th Ashes wicket in this week’s final game at The Oval.

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