Stuart Broad has said he’s ready to lead England’s attack as they bid for an Ashes-clinching win against Australia at his Trent Bridge home ground in the absence of James Anderson.
Broad is set to be England’s senior bowler in Nottingham after long-time new-ball partner Anderson was ruled out of the fourth Test with a side injury. Not only is Anderson England’s most successful Test bowler of all-time, with 413 wickets – including an Ashes-best six for 47 at Edgbaston – he also has a brilliant record at Trent Bridge.
The 33-year-old swing and seam bowler has taken 53 wickets in eight Tests there at an average of 19.24 with England’s victory in the 2013 Ashes Test at Trent Bridge yielding a 10-wicket haul for the Lancastrian.
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But the 29-year-old Broad, a veteran of 82 Tests, is an experienced campaigner in his own right. “In Jimmy’s absence it’s going to be up to all the other bowlers to step up,” Broad told the Mail on Sunday.
“I’ve probably not got as many wickets as I’d have liked during this series (12 in three matches at 27.41 apiece) but I feel as if I’ve bowled the best I’ve bowled for a long time.
“You don’t know what’s going to happen but hopefully I’ll take on that extra responsibility to ensure we’re not crying out for Jimmy over the next couple of days,” he added.
Broad heads into the Trent Bridge clash just one wicket away from becoming only the fifth England bowler to take 300 Test wickets after Anderson, Ian Botham, Bob Willis and the late Fred Trueman.
And having already scored more than 2,000 Test runs, including a best of 169 against Pakistan at Lord’s in 2010, Broad, the son of former England Ashes-winning opener Chris Broad, is also in sight of a notable ‘double’.
“It would have been nice to have got there at Edgbaston but the chance to achieve it at Trent Bridge is incredibly exciting,” he said. “I’m told only 11 players have scored 2,000 runs and taken 300 wickets in the history of the (Test) game so it’s quite illustrious company.”