Stuart Broad says he has a lot of Test cricket left in him after starring for England in the drawn Ashes series.
The 33-year-old chalked up 23 wickets against Australia this summer, including David Warner seven times, as he led the attack in the absence of the injured James Anderson.
Broad did not play in Sri Lanka before Christmas and was also left out of the opening Test against West Indies in January but says those breaks allowed him to fine-tune his game.
“I’ve been very pleased with how it has gone this summer,” said Broad, who now has 467 wickets in 132 Tests.
“I’ve gone from being talked about as a diminishing cricketer being eased out to a reinvented cricketer with more to offer.
“At 33 years old, that is a good place to be. All the hard work has been worth it. Fate allowed me to have the time during the winter to work on things.
“We talk about setting the tone with the new ball and I felt that this has been my best summer for a long time in terms of doing that with the new ball.
“I felt a responsibility to lead that first 10 overs and I’ve had great energy running in.”
Broad contributed hugely to Warner scoring just 95 runs in the Ashes in 10 innings – the worst record of any batsman ever to open as many times in a single Test series.
But the seamer was left ruing the fact England could not remove Steve Smith so cheaply, with the 30-year-old racking up 774 runs and only being dismissed below 50 once – by Broad at The Oval.
“I had an added responsibility to try and get their big players out and that’s why I did a lot of planning on Warner,” added Broad.
“I never dreamt that I would have the success against him that I’ve had. But, of course, that is just in this series.
“If we put our numbers together over the course of our careers, with how much we have played against each other, I think they would be quite even. He has outdone me in many a series, but this time it went my way.
“They had one batsman [Smith] who has been a 15 out of 10 and we’ve not had that, which has been a huge difference.
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