Series around the Ashes: Broad writes perfect script

Henry

It remains any sportsman or woman’s most difficult decision: when to retire.

English fast bowler Stuart Broad’s timing was perfect on Saturday night at the Oval in London when he announced his complete retirement from cricket.

The 37-year-old Broad made the announcement at the end of the third day’s play of the fifth and final Test in the Ashes series against Australia.

Rest assured that the Oval will be bursting at the seams when the fourth day’s play resumes. England finished Saturday night on 389/9, a lead of 377 runs after England scored 285 in their first innings and Australia replied with 295.

The fiery Broad, who has already taken 602 Test wickets in his career, says he made the decision on Friday night and told his captain, Ben Stokes, about it. He informed his teammates about it in the dressing room on Saturday morning.

The decision will prompt the English to end the series with a 2-2 draw. Then the curtain can come down on one of the best fast bowlers in world cricket.

Broad, who besides Shane Warne (Australia) is the only player to have scored 500 wickets and 3,000 runs, is the only English bowler to boast two Test hat-tricks. With him in the team, England won the Ashes series four times.

Broad’s international career began at a low point when, as a 21-year-old in 2007, in the first T20 World Tournament in South Africa, he went through for six consecutive sixes in one innings under India’s Yuvrav Singh at Kingsmead in Durban.

Broad was down, but he got up, fought back and worked even harder to come out on top.

In 167 Tests he has already taken 602 Test wickets and he has already taken six or more wickets in an innings 12 times.

Now the Aussies wait one last time on the Oval.