After strongly guiding the English team to win the series-decider Test match at Manchester last Tuesday (28th July), the 34-year-old England pacer Stuart Broad claimed that he is now enjoying his bowling.
Despite missing out the opening game of the recently concluded home Test series against West Indies, the England pacer Stuart Broad managed to put a strong impact in the side and won the Player of the Series award (joint winners along with the Caribbean all-rounder Roston Chase) after securing the home series in style. He finished this series as the most wicket-taker as the right-arm pacer has taken 16 wickets in two matches.
In the recently concluded series-decider Manchester Test, which England won by 269 runs, Broad was the hero for the hosts. At first, the left-handed lower-order batsman Broad performed a fearless batting in the first innings when the team was struggling hugely. He recorded England’s joint third-fastest Test fifty (33-ball fifty) as he scored 62 runs off 45 balls at the very crucial time.
Then, the right-arm pacer Broad showed his magic with the ball in hand. He claimed a ten-wicket haul in that Test as his bowling figures in that match were 14-4-31-6 and 8.1-1-36-4. Due to his effective all-round performances, Broad undoubtedly won the Player of the Match award at the end of that Test.
I’m challenging the stumps and trying to make the batsmen play as much as possible: Stuart Broad
While Broad has shown immense improvement in his bowling in the last 18 months by changing his run-up and also did some technical work, the right-arm pacer is now enjoying his bowling.
According to icc-cricket.com, Broad said, “I feel I’m bowling as well as I ever have. I’ve done some technical work and changed my run-up in the last 18 months. I’m challenging the stumps and trying to make the batsmen play as much as possible. That’s a tactical thing that’s really taken me to a really exciting level.”
“I felt like my alignment to the stumps was really good in this game. I had a bit of confidence and match practice from the second Test so my tempo and alignment felt like every time I released the ball I could bring off stump into play.”
Stuart Broad is enjoying more to attack the stumps rather than setting up the platform for slip catches.
He added, “That’s my go-to: I want to make the batsman play. I don’t like to get left too often. When you come on a pitch with a little bit of wear that’s keeping low, that’s sort of my dream pitch. Most fast bowlers like it flying through, catching the edge and going to slip at chest height but if I can bring the stumps into play, it really suits my style.”