The Ashes: Stuart Broad says he still has a lot to offer England after five-wicket haul vs Australia | Cricket News

“I think when you’re not playing, especially at 35, you realize how special it is. I’ve had points in my career where I felt like I’ve always played. It didn’t happen in 2021 and it’s my job to make it happen in the 2022 ”

Last updated: 06/01/22 9:34


Stuart Broad’s five wicket haul was his eighth in Ashes cricket and the 19th of his testing career

England seamer Stuart Broad says he “still has a lot to offer” after winning his 19th five-wicket test on the second day of the fourth test against Australia in Sydney.

Broad scored 5-101, including Australian top scorer Usman Khawaja for 137, as he picked up the eighth five for his Ashes career.

The 35-year-old had spoken in his own Post on Sunday column earlier this week about how he wouldn’t make a hasty decision about his future Test after being knocked out of two of Ashes’s first three games.

But, speaking with BT Sport On Thursday, Broad suggested that his testing career is far from over.

“I still feel I have a lot to offer this team,” said Broad on the day he became England’s second most prolific Ashes bowler of all time, bringing his wicket count against Australia to 125.

“Whether it’s playing week after week like I did when I was 26, 27, maybe not. But I’m old and experienced enough to know how to pitch on different fields and how to prepare when opportunities come.

“I think when you’re not playing, especially at 35, you realize how special it is. I’ve had moments in my career where I’ve felt like I’ve always played.

“It didn’t happen in 2021 and it’s my job to make it happen in 2022”.

Broad missed the Brisbane and Melbourne tests, with his only appearance in this Ashes series before Sydney arrived in the second pink ball game in Adelaide.

Rob Key says Stuart Broad who fired David Warner once again in the Ashes series shows just how reckless England was to let him out in Brisbane.

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Rob Key says Stuart Broad who fired David Warner once again in the Ashes series shows just how reckless England was to let him out in Brisbane.

Rob Key claims that Stuart Broad who fired David Warner once again in the Ashes series shows just how reckless England was to leave him out in Brisbane.

Ollie Robinson’s shoulder problem gave Broad a chance at the SCG and went on to fire David Warner, Steve Smith, Cameron Green, Pat Cummins and Khawaja in the Australian first innings.

He added: “It’s frustrating when you miss an opportunity, especially on fields where you feel you have a positive influence. But no one has the right to be on the team.

“You have to earn it and you can only do it with the right opportunities. This is top level sport and there are big decisions to be made all over the world on this sort of thing.

“What I can do is do my best to be ready if an opportunity presents itself. I don’t think I particularly grabbed that opportunity – 5-101 is not something you are writing home about – but I felt I did quite well in the group plan.

“When I was cast, my goal was for this to be a great opportunity to play in one of my favorite fields in the world. Can I run all day and show a lot of heart?

“I would have preferred it to be a five for which you take Australia out for 250 and really make a bid that way, but there may be other opportunities to do it.”

Mark Wood struck with real heart for England but was unable to add to his firing of Marnus Labuschagne on day one

Mark Wood struck with real heart for England but was unable to add to his firing of Marnus Labuschagne on day one

Australia declared at 416-8 before England closed 13-0 after five tough overs before the stocks – Zak Crawley recovered with nothing from a Mitchell Starc no-ball after sliding sideways.

Broad praised England’s commitment to the ball and says the team’s batters now have a great chance to “mark their authority”.

England’s highest score in the series so far is 297, while they have been eliminated 68 in previous innings at the MCG last week.

Broad said, “I thought we had kept our job pretty well as a bowling group. I think every seamer kept running as hard as possible all day.

“I look at Mark Wood’s last spell, he deserved two or three wickets in that spell alone – he played fantastic all day. The cricket test most of the time is about character and it was a day when we had to keep making trucks.

“It was Australia day – there’s a chance we could have beat them for 350 but it didn’t work for us and 400 is always a psychological thing on the scoreboard.

“The court does not behave too badly: there is a bit of an erratic rebound with the new ball. There is nothing wrong with taking the time to get in because once you are in and the ball becomes softer you feel. like I could score points.

“We have a group of hitters who have talked a lot and are desperate for some authority in Australia. There is an opportunity to do that.”

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