England cricket boasts one of the most lethal new-ball bowling pair in the form of James Anderson and Stuart Broad. The Broad-Anderson alliance has perturbed even the best batting lineups which visited England in the last decade and a half.
In fact, both Anderson and Broad have picked up over 1000 Test wickets in tandem. Anderson has taken the most number of Test wickets amongst fast bowlers and has made over 150 Test appearances.
Now, Broad has tagged Anderson’s longevity as inspirational and is looking to emulate his career path.
“I think sometimes I get put in an older category than I am. Jimmy has taken around 130 Test wickets since he was my age, why can’t I do the same?” Broad commented.
“I’m hungry, my fitness levels are good. Why not try and emulate what Jimmy has done and played to his age? I feel I can. Today proved that again. When I set goals it makes me hungry to achieve them,” the 34-year old added.
Also, both Broad and Anderson do not feature in white-ball cricket for England and are concentrating only on Test cricket presently.
“I’d be surprised if that was the route decided. We’ve been very successful. It’s such a unique summer with six Tests over six weeks that rotation will be necessary. We get put in a category together but we both perform well without each other and with each other,” Broad added.
“I want to play with Jimmy again and hope he feels the same. We complement each other and create a lot of pressure together. When our paths cross again might depend on workloads but I hope we play together this summer and would be surprised if we don’t,” he concluded.
Moreover, captain Joe Root has hinted about the England think-tank moving on with the Broad-Anderson partnership, looking at the 2021/22 Ashes series.