Stuart Broad said that he will retire from cricket after the conclusion of the fifth Ashes Test.

Stuart Broad, the seasoned fast bowler from England, has announced that the upcoming fifth Ashes Test will mark the end of his cricketing journey, concluding a distinguished career in which he achieved the remarkable feat of becoming only the second fast bowler and fourth overall to surpass 600 wickets in the format. He will leave the cricketing world as England’s second-highest Test wicket-taker of all time, trailing only his longtime teammate and pace partner James Anderson.

Over the course of his career, Broad participated in 167 Test matches, 121 One Day Internationals, and 56 T20 Internationals, claiming a total of 845 wickets. In an interview with Sky Sports Cricket after the third day’s play at the Oval, he expressed deep gratitude for the privilege of representing Nottinghamshire and England throughout his journey. Broad revealed that he decided to retire at around 8:30 PM the night before and had been contemplating this decision for the past two weeks. The love and excitement he felt for the Ashes series made him choose this particular occasion to bid farewell to the sport.

The England and Wales Cricket Board (ECB) issued a statement clarifying that Broad’s retirement is specifically from Test cricket, marking the end of his illustrious 17-year international career.

Broad’s illustrious journey began in 2006 with a T20I debut against Pakistan, and he quickly gained prominence in the cricketing world. While there were ups and downs, his Test career flourished, and he achieved the milestone of 602 wickets. His contribution to the Ashes series has been remarkable, often earning him the title of ‘Public Enemy No.1’ in the Australian media. He leaves behind a legacy as England’s highest wicket-taker against Australia, with 151 wickets in the Ashes.

One of his career-defining moments came during the 2015 Ashes at Trent Bridge, where he delivered a spectacular spell, taking 8/15 to dismiss Australia for just 60 runs. His tally of eight five-wicket hauls in the Ashes is unmatched by any other England player since before the First World War.

Stuart Broad’s departure from cricket marks the end of an era, leaving behind a trail of extraordinary achievements and memorable performances that will be cherished by cricket fans worldwide.