England's Stuart Broad announces his retirement after Ashes series

Stuart Broad – Stuart Broad announces retirement  after Ashes series

Stuart Broad has taken 20 wickets in this Ashes series – Getty Images/Martin Rickett

Stuart Broad has announced that the curtain will come down on one of the great careers at the conclusion of the fifth Ashes Test at the Oval.

Broad, 37, has called time on a 16-year Test career, which has brought him 602 wickets, the second most among Englishmen, and the second most among seamers. Only four bowlers will finish with more than him.

Broad will have one final innings to add to that tally at the Oval, where England are in the box seat with a lead of 377 and Broad and his old mate James Anderson together at the crease.

James Anderson (L) Stuart Broad (R) – England's Stuart Broad announces his retirement after Ashes series

Broad (right) alongside James Anderson have a golden chance to lead his team to one more victory over Australia – Getty Images/Stu Forster

Broad has played 167 Tests since making his debut in Sri Lanka in 2007. He has tended to save his best cricket for Australia, and has been a part of four Ashes-winning sides. He is the only Englishman to take 150 Ashes wickets.

Broad revealed that he decided at 8.30pm on Friday evening that he would retire at the end of the series.

“I want to finish at the top and tomorrow or Monday will be my last game of cricket,” he said. “I wanted to leave the game at the top and leave while I am enjoying it.  I wanted to walk away playing with a group of players I love to bits.

“It has been a wonderful ride – a huge privilege to wear the Nottinghamshire and England badge as much as I have and I am loving cricket as much as I ever have and this series has just felt like it’s been one of the most enjoyable and entertaining and I always wanted to finish at the top.

“I told [Ben] Stokes last night and the changing room this morning. Ben understood the decision and I knew my mind. I had told Jimmy and Rooty but I went into talk to Ben knowing my mind. I didn’t go in there for a negotiation.

“I feel I am bowling well and my body feels great. All really positive emotions. It has been a wonderful series to be a part of.

“Everything to look forward to. It has been awesome. It is such an addictive environment. I wanted to leave with my emotions being pure happiness.”

Remarkably, Broad has played all six Tests for England this summer and, with 20, is England’s leading wicket-taker in the ongoing series.

Stuart Broad – England's Stuart Broad announces his retirement after Ashes series

Stuart Broad in action during day three of the fifth Test – PA/John Walton

In addition to his remarkable Test tally, only four men have more ODI wickets for England than Broad’s 178, and only three men have more T20 wickets for England than his 65. He has largely not played white-ball cricket since 2015, but was part of the England side that won the T20 World Cup in 2010.

In his early years, Broad was also a highly competent batsman, skilled enough to score a Test hundred at Lord’s. But after a fearsome blow on the grille from India seamer Varun Aaron, his batting faded.

Broad will perhaps be best remembered for spectacular spells, which often came in the Ashes, including at the Oval in 2009, Durham in 2013 and an unforgettable eight for 15 at Trent Bridge in 2015. In keeping with this, he is the only Englishman to take two Test hat-tricks.

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