England cricketer Stuart broad has revealed hopes that his landmark 100th Test match will be the perfect opportunity for a “big game player” to leave his mark on what he believes will be one of his toughest challenges to date.
The MBE honoured Broad has admitted that England’s upcoming Test series in India will be the toughest of his career, as he leads the line for Wednesday’s opener in Rajkot.
Despite reaching this incredible milestone in his career, the left-handed batsman still feels he has much to prove, claiming that only the elite produce performances both home and abroad and regardless of conditions, with the 30-year-old missing out on two of England’s most notable recent away wins due to injury, in Australia in 2010-2011 and in India in 2012.
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Speaking of earning his 100th cap, Broad said: “Obviously I’m aware how special an achievement it is.
“It will be a special cap to receive. But what excites me more is we hope this game will be the start of a huge series for us.
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“It’s a dream, isn’t it, to play as much for your country as possible. There’s not many of those Test caps with the little 100 below the Three Lions.”
Broad will become only the 14th England cricketer in history to win 100 caps on Wednesday, with England going into the series against India as “massive underdogs”, something Broad believes makes the event all the more exciting:
“My character has always been someone who likes big games, and that makes this extra special. It is a chance to show what I can do.
“I went home injured when we won in Australia in 2010-11 and in 2012 I lacerated the fat pad in my left heel before the first Test match in the warm-up game. I probably shouldn’t have played that series, but I feel in a pretty good place. This is the biggest challenge yet. We are coming as massive underdogs.
“Obviously India have got to No.1 in the world, but that makes it exciting as well.
“South Africa was a special achievement. To win a Test match at the Wanderers and that series last winter probably stands out.”
With 99 caps under his belt, there has been plenty of highlights for Broad, and he's revealed his proudest moments during his illustrious England career.
The 30-year-old admitted that the Ashes game against Australia at Trent Bridge is high on his list, whilst winning in South Africa is also a special achievement.
He said: “It’s hard to look past the game in the Ashes at Trent Bridge, my home ground.
“That’s certainly two-and-a-half days I’ll remember with huge fondness.
“But winning in South Africa was a special achievement. To win a Test match at the Wanderers and that series last winter probably stands out.”
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