After an extended break, England’s pacer Stuart Broad was raring to play in the first Test against West Indies but was snubbed from the squad ahead of the Test. The towering pacer was depressed with the decision and he had let out his anger on social media. But in the recent interaction, he opened up that he even thought of retiring from the game.
After being dropped from the first Test, Stuart Broad had said that he was disappointed and gutted with the decision. Several experts had also questioned England’s team management’s reasoning behind axing a veteran.
Subsequently, he was included in the second and third Tests and came out as leading wicket-taker for them.
The 34-year-old Stuart Broad also completed his 500 Test wickets in that series. He became the second England bowler after James Anderson to achieve this unique feat. Overall, he snared 16 wickets in that series and also registered an impressive half-century.
I felt my body go into shakes: Stuart Broad
Veteran England pacer Stuart Broad has said that he did think about calling it a day after the stand-in captain Ben Stokes gave him that sad news.
He explained that he was shattered and could barely speak after hearing that he won’t play the opening test.
“Were there thoughts of retirement going round my head? 100%. Because I was so down,” Broad told Daily Mail on Sunday.
“I was expecting to play, which is always a bit of a dangerous thing in sport but I felt I deserved to play.
“When Stokesy [Ben Stokes] told me I wasn’t playing, I felt my body go into shakes. I could barely speak.”
Stuart Broad’s meritorious effort guided England to win the series by 2-1. The pacer will be next seen in action against Pakistan in the three-match Test series, starting from 5 August.
As of now, Broad has played 140 Tests, 121 ODIs and 56 T20Is, picking 501, 178 and 65 wickets respectively.