England fast bowler Stuart Broad has opened up about his omission from the first Test of the three-match series against West Indies and said that he thought of retiring.
The England team that was led by ben Stokes in absence of Joe Root in the first match lost the game but returned back strong in the second and third Test to scalp the series. Broad became only the second English bowler to pick 500 Test wickets during the course.
“Were there thoughts of retirement going round my head? One hundred per cent. Because I was so down,” Broad told the Mail on Sunday.
He entered the elite club when scalped the wicket of West Indies batsman Kraigg Brathwaite in Manchester on Tuesday during the second innings of the deciding Test match between the two teams.
Broad picked up his 500th Test wicket to become only the second England bowler to achieve the feat. Anderson is the other one in the list.
Muttiah Muralitharan holds the record for the most number if wickets. The spinner has 800 scalps to his name while Australia’s Shane Warne and India’s Anil Kumble is at second and third respectively. Warne bagged 708 wickets while Kumble has 619 dismissals to his name.
Apart from them, Broad is just below Glenn McGrath and Courtney Walsh. Anderson had 589 wickets to his name when Broad picked his 500th dismissal in Tests. McGrath has 563 wickets to his name while Walsh has 519 scalps.