Stuart Broad was back among the wickets in Melbourne after having an ordinary series so far in the Ashes 207 – 18. Earlier for his ability to not pick up wickets, Broad came into criticism from many former cricket experts including former England skipper Michael Vaughan. The veteran England pacer was forced to think of retiring from the game, however, it has to be said that he has just found form at the right time.
“I think every time you step on to the field you’re pretty much playing for your career, that’s the pressure of international cricket,” Broad said, after taking four wickets for 51 to help dismiss Australia for 327 in their first innings in Melbourne.
“You never know how things will go, you just need to focus on making sure that your mindset’s right, your work ethic’s right to make sure you’re doing everything to be at your best.
“To be honest I’ve had one of those weeks where you get your tin hat on and duck down and don’t really see much, so I’ve been very unaware about things being written and things being said.”
He added: “I’ve gone to the place that you have to go to as a sportsman sometimes where you find something within yourself and you get support from people around you and you build yourself back up again.”
“I think you can get yourself in a bit of dark place if you really read everything”
“Things happen and can change really quickly in sport and I’ve always had this appreciation that people are just doing their jobs,” he said.
“You’ve got to say your opinion, you’ve got to be critical at times and I deserve criticism after the Perth Test defeat for sure,” Broad said.
He concluded by saying that he deserved the criticism as he was out of form and that it did not hinder his concentration away from the game.