England fast bowler Stuart Broad has set his eye on the 400th scalp in the Test fold. Broad could go past the four-hundred mark in Auckland Test against New Zealand.
Joe Root-led England will face off Kiwis in the first Test at Eden Park on March 22.
In 114 Tests, the lanky fast bowler Broad has bagged 399 wickets at an average of 29.33, so far. He made his Test debut in 2007 against
“It’s not necessarily just about taking the individual wickets, it’s more about the length of time it takes and the dedication you’ve got to put in to be on the cricket field for that long to have the chance of taking 400 wickets,” Broad said to BBC Sport.
In the Magellan Ashes 2017-18 campaign Broad shouldered the responsibility alongside James Anderson.
Pertinently, Broad has been working on his action since past one year to yield desired results.
The 31-year-old Broad is about to become second England bowler after his new-ball partner Anderson.
“It’s one of those achievements you can look back on in years to come with some pride. It’s one of those things that will be nice – but it will be much better if we can get a win in the first Test match,” Broad said.
Interestingly, owing to the side-on action, Broad has sweated it our in nets to create trouble for the batsmen.
“I think sometimes I get painted as a slightly older cricketer just because I’ve been around for quite a long time,” Broad asserted.
In February, Broad has been working hard to reap the rewards
The Nottingham-born Broad had a mixed outing in the traditional format in which he bagged 11 wickets.
Broad also admitted he had a rough time in the series Down Under while expressing he wants to bowl his heart out.
“I had a tough Ashes tour. I’ve got a lot of hunger to get in this England team, stay in this England team and have a lot of success – and that certainly includes the next Ashes series,” Broad further added.
With two-match Test series around the corner, Broad has a belief that he could go a long way.
“At 31, I’ve got quite a lot of cricket left in me. “I feel I can do quite a bit of damage as a bowler again,” Stuart Broad stated.
However, Broad is expecting to return to the form against the Black Caps. Adamant in approach, Broad stated he is ready to make most of the new or old-ball.
While spending the month of February in nets, Broad reiterated it was an enriching experience to feature in the warm-up fixtures. He admitted trying new things with the ball while relying on his basics.
“I was beating the outside edge, I felt like I bowled with good pace and good bounce, and my rhythm to the crease just felt fresh. I felt like I had energy in my legs.” Broad concluded.
Moreover, Broad featured in 121 One-day Internationals in which he bagged 178 wickets at an average of 30.13. He has bagged 65 wickets in 56 Twenty20 Internationals.
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