Last Update on: August 10th, 2023 at 10:23 am
Former England cricketer Chris Broad has praised Stuart Broad after his retirement from international cricket. Chris Broad, who is an active commentator and match referee, said that Stuart Broad had impressive control, line and length right from the start of his bowling career.
England pacer Stuart Broad announced his retirement from international cricket after Ashes 2023. The right-arm pacer hunted 22 scalps in the England vs Australia Test series to finish his career on a high note. The 37-year-old pacer had a 17-year-long successful career for England team.
Stuart Broad Had Impressive Control, Line And Length Right From Start: Chris Broad
While speaking to BBC, former England opener Chris Broad heaped praises on Stuart Broad after his retirement. The former left-handed batsman informed that Broad started off as a batter for his childhood club Leicestershire but then switched to a pacer.
“It has been surprising – particularly as a bowler. He started off as a batter but Leicestershire saw he had the ability to bowl and he grew into this guy who was 6ft 6ins, who was able to get it down the other end quite quickly. It was his control, line and length that was impressive – right from the start,” said the 65-year-old commentator.
Stuart Broad Was Shining Light Throughout His Career: Chris Broad
Chris Broad, who represented England team from 1984 to 1989, also said he was proud and honoured to watch Stuart Broad on the field. He also added the England pacer has been a shining light throughout his career.
“I am clearly proud and honored to have watched a number of his performances. He has been a shining light throughout his career. He has set an example for a lot of people to follow and I hope lots of people do follow him.
He has played it tough but has played it in a friendly manner. He has tried his hardest whenever he has gone out into the middle,” the former England opener further added.
After making his debut in 2007, Broad played 167 Tests, 121 ODIs, and 56 T20Is for England. The right-arm speedster clinched 604 wickets in Tests, 178 in ODIs, and 65 in T20Is.
Since 2017, thr right-arm pacer represented England in only Test cricket. Broad finished as the 5th highest wicket-taker in Test cricket with 604 scalps. He also holds the record for England bowler with the most wickets in Ashes history.