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Stuart Broad went out on his own terms, says Glenn McGrath after mid-Ashes retirement

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By India Today Sports Desk: Legendary Australia cricketer Glenn McGrath has praised Stuart Broad after the England pacer announced his shock retirement from Test cricket on Day 3 of the final Test match of the Ashes 2023. Broad, who was not out at the end of day’s play revealed to Sky Sports that it will be his final Test match.

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Speaking about his decision, Broad said that he thought it was the right time to leave the international stage, when he was still on top of his game.

“It’s been a wonderful ride, a huge privilege to wear the Nottinghamshire and the England badge as much as I have and I’m loving cricket as much as I ever have. It’s been such a wonderful series to be a part of and I’ve always wanted to finish it on top. This series feels like one of the most enjoyable and entertaining I’ve been a part of,” Broad said on Sky Sports.

“I told Stokesy last night and told the changing room this morning and to be honest, it felt the right time. I didn’t want friends or teammates at Nottinghamshire to see things that might come out so I prefer to just say it and give it a good crack for the last Australia innings,” Broad further added.

McGrath, while commentating for BBC hailed the call from Broad and said that the pacer had been a brilliant player for his national team for a long time.

“It is a big decision but you come to a time when you know. He loves the big moments, he loves the pressure and that is the sign of a true champion,” McGrath said.

“Going out on your own terms is special as well. He has been incredible for England for a long, long time,” he further added.

Broad, at the time of his announcement, had 602 wickets to his name and would be retiring as the fifth highest wicket-taker in the history of men’s cricket. The pacer also holds the record for being the third-highest wicket-taker in home conditions, with 396 scalps to his name in England. Broad will come to bat on Day 4 after remaining not out alongside James Anderson at the end of Day 3. England currently lead by 377 runs in the final Test match of the series.



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