ENG vs IND 2018: Stuart Broad dismisses retirement talks and declares he is fully fit to play against India

Broad announced that he fully fit and available for selection for Tests against India.

Stuart Broad (Getty)

Stuart Broad has made a strong statement regarding the recently debated talks around his playing career for England by dismissing any plans of retiring from the game immediately. Broad, who has struggled for a while and has lost a bit of pace due to a few injuries, infact, went onto announce that having recovered from his ankle injury, he is fully fit and ready to take part in the 5-match Test series against India. 

Broad reiterating that he is only 32 and has a lot of cricket left in him, was quoted saying, “I sometimes get dragged into that older category because I started so young but I’m still young enough to play as much cricket as I have the drive for, I feel like the action is in a good place, I’m getting good bounce and good pace."

“I’m bowling at a keeper I’ve been bowling at in the nets and they’ve said it is the quickest I’ve bowled for a couple of years. My wrist is fully behind the ball and I feel as good as I have done, probably, since 2015. When you get past 30 I’m old enough and experienced enough to know that questions get asked of you. That is just natural and part of the game. But when it is unreasonable then you think it is a bit of a shame.”

Many around the English Cricket believes that Broad and Anderson are possibly coming to the end and it is thought that the Ashes 2019 at home could be their last big hurray for the country. 

Broad doesn't quite think the same and said, “We haven’t mentioned retirement, Jimmy has fired into such a consistent couple of years which gives me a lot of excitement because if he can do that at 34/35 then there is no reason I can’t do the same having just turned 32."

“A huge goal of mine is to regain those Ashes in 2019, No.1, top of the list, but what is it that is going to make me a better cricketer in the short term to be in that team, fit and firing and the guy that Rooty(England Test Captain Joe Root) looks to?"

“I don’t think we’re going to be able to rely on green seamers where the ball swings and nips with the way the summer has been. We’re going to have to adapt as a team because they are not going to be pitches we would dream to play on. I’m setting goals I can push towards now rather than look at ‘end of career’ because once you do that you slow down as a person and I’m not at that stage at the moment.”

Broad is England's second highest wicket-taker behind James Anderson. 

(Inputs from Mirror)


By Kashish Chadha - 20 Jul, 2018

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