The opening day of the second Test between England and Pakistan saw the top-class display of swing bowling by the hosts when the tourists came out to bat after winning the toss. Veteran paceman James Anderson grabbed two wickets and led the bowling unit where every bowler provided the breakthrough.
All-rounder duo of Chris Woakes and Sam Curran claimed one wicket; Stuart Broad too bagged one scalp. Broad, however, didn’t look well on the first day in Southampton.
During his fourth over, Broad requested for an inhaler from the team management, but he had to wait a little longer before receiving assistance. Later, Broad was also seen curling up on the field.
Broad was running out of his breath in the game, which is not a strange thing for his fans as the British pacer suffers from asthma. During the 2015 Ashes, Broad had revealed that because of his premature birth, he has one and a half lungs. Due to this, the English pacer requires the inhaler to cure asthma.
“One night we were asked to provide a piece of information about ourselves that no one else knew, with the notion of being open with each other,” Broad had written in the Daily Mail.
“I shocked the boys a little when I told them I only had one and a half lungs because I was born three months premature.
“I explained that because I was so tiny when I was born, basically at death’s door, one of my lungs never fully developed. That’s why I’m asthmatic and carry an inhaler. It has never affected me as a sportsman, but the idea that I’ve played my entire career with half a lung less than everybody else is quite amazing when you think about it,” the Nottingham-born cricketer had written further.
Recently, in the third Test against West Indies, Broad achieved a golden milestone when he registered his 500th Test wicket by dismissing Kraigg Brathwaite. The right-armer became the seventh bowler in the history of Test cricket to pick 500 wickets.