Stuart Broad, an English fast bowler, will retire after the Ashes series

Stuart Broad has declared that the current fifth Test of the Ashes series will be his last match of professional career.

While reportedly fighting back tears, Broad made his decision “at about 8.30pm” on Friday night, the second day of the Test at The Oval, and informed his longtime teammates James Anderson and Joe Root of his decision before play on Saturday morning.

With 602 victims in 167 matches, Stuart Broad, 37, is England’s second-highest test wicket-taker, trailing only his longtime teammate James Anderson, who has 690. 

Stuart is the fifth most successful bowler in Test history with 602 wickets, told Sky Sports after stumps on the third day: “Tomorrow or Monday will be my last game of cricket. It has been a wonderful ride and a huge privilege to wear the Nottinghamshire and England badge as much as I have.”

He further added, “I have always wanted to finish at the top, and this series just feels like it’s been one of the most enjoyable I’ve been part of.”

“I have been thinking about it for a couple of weeks, you know, England versus Australia has always been sort of the pinnacle for me. I have loved the battles with Australia that have come my way personally, and the team’s way. I’ve got a love affair with Ashes cricket, and I think I wanted my last bat and bowl to be on Ashes cricket.”

 

 

On August 28, 2006, Broad played in his first T20I match against Pakistan. In a match that England lost by five wickets, he claimed two wickets. Just over a year later, in a T20 World Cup match against India, Broad was famously destroyed for six sixes in an over by Yuvraj Singh, but his stock continued to rise, and on December 9, 2007, in Colombo, he began his illustrious Test career against Sri Lanka.

In his career, Broad has bowled many noteworthy spells, but the one he bowled in Nottingham in 2015 stands out. Broad wreaked absolute havoc in cloudy conditions on a pitch that provided enough movement for the pacers. At Trent Bridge, he finished with 8/15 in just 9.3 overs.

Australia was bowled out for 60 in 18.3 overs before they realized what had struck them. Veterans who had played enough red-ball cricket included Chris Rogers, Steve Smith, Shaun Marsh, Michael Clarke, and Adam Voges. But they were totally unaware of Broad’s brilliance on that particular day. The hosts not only defeated Michael Clarke’s team by an innings and 78 runs thanks to the spell, but they also won the series 3-1 with one game remaining. Additionally, Broad’s performance was the best of his Test career, not just in the Ashes.