Nasser Hussain hails Stuart Broad after surprise Test retirement: He deserves to go out at the top

By India Today Sports Desk: Nasser Hussain said a cricketer of Stuart Broad’s class and calibre deserves to go out on top. On Saturday, July 29, the 37-year-old Broad announced his retirement from Test and international cricket.

Broad made the announcement after Day 3 of the Ashes 2023 Test match at the Kennington Oval in London.

Hussain said that he is waiting for the crowd at the KIA Oval to give Broad a memorable send-off.

“A great cricketer deserves to go out at the top. It’s not just what he deserves. I think the crowd here over the next couple of days would want to give him a send-off,” Hussain was quoted as saying to Sky Sports.

In the ongoing Ashes, Broad is second in the list of leading wicket-takers with 20 scalps to his name. Hussain lauded the veteran speedster for his “fitness, hunger, skill and cleverness”.

“He is all about putting in performances to win Ashes games. Those spells mean more to him because England have won games and series,” he stated.

“He is the complete article. Fitness, hunger, skill, cleverness,” Hussain added.

Broad recently became only the second fast bowler after the legendary James Anderson to pick up 600 or more wickets in Test cricket. On Friday, the speedster also became the third bowler after spin wizard Shane Warne and pacer Glenn McGrath to pick up 150 wickets in the Ashes.

Currently, Broad has picked up 602 wickets from 167 Tests at an average of 27.66 with 20 five-wicket hauls and three 10-wicket hauls. He will have a chance to add a few more wickets to his tally when England come out on the field in the last and final innings of the ongoing Ashes.

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