England’s star pacer Stuart Broad after becoming the 2nd England bowler to join the club of 500 Test wickets said he is looking for the next step that will further improve him as a cricketer.
International Cricket Council’s (ICC) official website published Broad’s statement. The cricketer cited, “It is easy to get at 34 and start thinking “I will do what I have done for the last 13 years and be okay. But I am looking for the next step that will improve me as a cricketer. That keeps me moving as a cricketer”.
“If you would ask me four years ago. At 34 do you think you could play another three or four years? I would have said absolutely not. Now I am 34 and I feel fit. Post lockdown my fitness testing was the best it is ever been. I feel excited,” he added.
England moved from fourth to the third place in the ICC World Test Championship points table after their win over the West Indies in the final Test in Manchester. Stuart Broad’s star performance in the series massively helped Joe Root and his men secure a 2-1 victory. England is now at 226 points in the World Test Championship points table. India still leads the board with 360 points and Australian are placed second with 296 points.
However, the rankings may change as the Australian and England teams are going to face each other in the limited over series in September. England is also gearing up to face Pakistan in a four-match Test series that will be commencing on August 5th before that.
The 34-year-old pacer who is now placed at the 7th position in the list of most wickets taken in the test format stated, “I am not someone who sets target. I never said I really want to get to 500 wickets or 600 wickets. But the moment I feel fresh, I feel it. I am bowling I want to be bowling. If I keep bowling the way I am for the next few years, then I would rule anything out.”