Stuart Broad Retirement: Five best spells of Stuart Broad’s superb Test career

Stuart Broad Retirement: Five best spells of Stuart Broad's superb Test career
Stuart Broad Retirement: Five best spells of Stuart Broad's superb Test career

Stuart Broad Retirement: Five best spells of Stuart Broad’s superb Test career

Stuart Broad Retirement: As the England pacer stunned the world with his shock retirement, we take a look back at five of Stuart Broad’s best spells during his long and illustrious career.

Broad will retire as just one of two fast bowlers with more than 600 wickets and will finish his career with the fifth most scalps in Test history.

Take a look back at five of his best Test spells:

8/15 – Australia, Trent Bridge, 2015

The iconic Stuart Broad spell came on the first morning at Trent Bridge with the Ashes still in the balance.

England went into the fourth Test with a 2-1 series lead but without the injured James Anderson, only for Broad to step up on his home ground and tear through the Australian side in a spell that lasted just 9.3 overs.

Broad removed Chris Rogers and Steve Smith in his very first over of the day, and his near-perfect display of seam bowling in English conditions proved far too good for Australia, who were all out before lunch.

All eight of his wickets were caught in the slips, including a brilliant catch by Ben Stokes that prompted the most memorable pose of Broad’s career.

6/17 – South Africa, Wanderers, 2016

The only spell outside of England in this list, Broad ripped the heart out of South Africa’s second innings to give his side an easy chase to wrap up a famous series win.

The Proteas topped the ICC Test rankings at the time and looked well-placed to give England a tricky fourth-innings chase with the visitors leading the series 1-0.

But Broad found some movement off the Johannesburg pitch to lure opening batter Dean Elgar into an edge to get the ball rolling, and he took the next four wickets for the cost of just one run.

He ended his spell with figures of 6/17 having dismissed all six of South Africa’s frontline batters, and England knocked off the target of 74 to win the series.

6/22 – Australia, Chester-le-Street, 2013

Broad’s salvo at Trent Bridge two years later is his most famous Ashes moment, but the performance at Durham in 2013 was arguably an even more impressive spell.

The tourists were making a decent fist of a chase of 299, which would have pulled the series back to 2-1. But Broad castled the stumps of Michael Clarke before Steve Smith dragged on to expose the lower order, and he ripped through the tail to win the Ashes for England.

The spell lasted just 9.3 overs, with Broad finishing with 6/22 on a gloomy Durham afternoon.

5/5 – India, Trent Bridge, 2011

England went on to win this series 4-0 on home soil but looked to be in trouble when India threatened to build a huge first-innings lead in the second Test at Trent Bridge.

The score was 267-4, with India already leading by 46, when Broad returned to the attack with the second new ball. First, he lured Yuvraj Singh into an edge through to the keeper, and then he rattled through the middle-to-lower order, taking the first hat-trick of his career before wrapping up the innings when Ishant Sharma gloved a steepling bouncer to short leg.

Broad finished with figures of 6/46, but it was his spell of 5/5 that broke the back of India’s resistance in the series.

6/31 – West Indies, Manchester, 2020

International cricket returned after the pandemic break with West Indies’ tour of England and Broad made an immediate impression with two terrific spells in the Test match.

The lanky fast bowler ran through the visitors’ middle and lower order in the first innings to help England bowl the visitors out for 197. He finished with 6/31 in 14 impressive overs.

Broad wasn’t done with that, though, going on to take four more in the second innings, including the scalps of both the openers, to finish with a ten-wicket match haul.

The wicket of Kraigg Brathwaite was also his 500th in Test cricket.

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