I deserved criticism for Ashes performances: Stuart Broad

Stuart Broad, Boxing Day Test, Melbourne,
Stuart Broad struggled in the recent past. Photo Credit: Getty Images.

Veteran England pacer, Stuart Broad had admitted that he deserved all the criticism for his Ashes stint so far. Broad registered only five wickets before the start of the of the fourth Ashes Test but came good on Day 2 at MCG.

England's Stuart Broad has admitted he has not been at his best in the Ashes series. Andy Brownbill / AP Photo

Stuart Broad made a strong comeback with figures of four for 51 as Australia lost their last seven wickets for 67 to get out for 327.

Stuart Broad also registered a half-century on Day three to give England a chance of victory over the last two days. However, Smith dried all the hopes playing a patient knock of 102 runs.

“It was very satisfying, with five wickets and a 50 in this game, to show I can still perform at this level. I know I was criticised in the build-up by some ex-players but I’ve stayed away from that,” Broad wrote in Daily Mail.

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Many legends poised question Broad’s place in the first XI; however, Broad admitted he held no grudges against anyone.

“I don’t take it personally. It’s part of the game. For instance, I’ve heard Michael Vaughan said a few things but he was one of the first people to text me to say well done when I took wickets. I know he has a job to do in the media and it won’t ever stop me sharing a glass of red with him. I was on holiday with him for a couple of days before the Perth Test!” Broad further added.

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However, the 31-year-old Broad is confident to finish on a high after taking the positives from the Melbourne Test.

“I’m now only two wickets away from 400 in Tests but I wish I’d already reached that landmark because that would have meant I’d had a more productive series. But it would be a lovely figure to reach in Sydney and beyond that, I’m hoping for a big 2018 because, numbers-wise, this year hasn’t been the greatest for me,” Broad concluded.

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