International cricket returned from England on 8 July between Coronavirus 117 days later. Fast bowler Stuart Broad was dismissed by English captain Ben Stokes from the first match of the three-Test series against the West Indies. This had hurt Brod a lot and he started thinking about retirement. In the first match, Stokes was taking over from regular captain Joe Root.
After this, Joe Root gave Broad a chance in the next two Tests. He then won the series 2–1 with 16 wickets in 4 innings. While England lost in the first match. Also, Broad completed 500 Test wickets in his Test career. He has become the world’s 7th and England’s second bowler to achieve this feat.
‘Was shaken to hear that he was out of the match’
Broad told the Daily Mail, “Were there thoughts of retiring in my mind? 100% this is true, because at that time I was quite sad. I cannot imagine how many such thoughts used to come to my mind at that time. When Stokes told me that I was not playing, my body was completely shaken. I could barely speak anything. I was looking forward to playing in the first match. Such an expectation is always dangerous in the game, but I thought I deserved to play. ”
‘I can take 600 wickets’
Broad said, “Can I take 600 wickets?” Absolutely I believe that I can do this. When Jimmy (James Anderson) completed 500 wickets (in 2017), it was 35 years a month. At the same time, I was 34 years and one month. Jimmy is now close to taking 600 wickets, so if I look at the statistics, I can do that too. ”Broad has taken 501 wickets in 140 Tests so far. At the same time, Anderson has 589 wickets in 153 Tests.