The Guardian – Stuart Broad will be reminding the England management that there are two months to rest before the Ashes, with the fast bowler, fresh from becoming their second highest wicket-taker in Tests, in no mood to miss the seemingly easy pickings on offer against West Indies.

Summary

  • Stuart Broad will be reminding the England management that there are two months to rest before the Ashes, with the fast bowler, fresh from becoming their second highest wicket-taker in Tests, in no mood to miss the seemingly easy pickings on offer against West Indies.
  • However, Broad is in no mood for his spot to be relinquished, having seen a relatively quiet summer burst into life during England’s 19-wicket Saturday, with three strikes in 11 balls that at one stage left him on a hat-trick before he eventually passed Ian Botham’s tally of 383 Test wickets when Shane Dowrich’s off stump was pegged back by the pink Dukes ball.
  • “I will be politely suggesting that I will have sufficient rest in September and October to be available for the next two Tests against West Indies,” said Broad, who now has only his new‑ball partner, and close friend, Jimmy Anderson ahead of him on 492 wickets and, at 31 years of age, should have plenty left in the tank.
  • Though duffing up this callow Windies side may not compare with Broad’s Ashes-sealing hot streaks in 2009, 2013 or 2015, his two Test hat‑tricks or the six lightning strikes against South Africa last year that silenced the Wanderers, it was fitting the milestone should come with a mini-recreation of the surges that have become the hallmark of his 107-cap career.
  • In recent times Broad’s longevity has often been curiously linked with that of the 35-year-old Anderson, with whom he now shares 730 wickets in 95 Tests together, 27 short of the record 757 secured by Curtly Ambrose and Courtney Walsh as a seam pair.


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