“It’s a really special day,” Broad said on Saturday (August 19). “I felt really good in that little spell of bowling [on the final evening]. It was probably the best 40 minutes of bowling I’ve had this summer.” After a frustrating start to Windies’ innings – he had two catches dropped on the second evening – Broad’s rewards came quickly as he took the five wickets he needed to overtake Botham across two of the visitors’ innings on the third day.
It was, Broad admitted, extra special to have moved passed Botham, one of his boyhood heroes and one of the best cricketers England has ever produced. “He’s someone who has been a big influence on me, playing with my Dad, watching some of his performances against Australia,” he said. “He is a huge legend of English cricket but someone who has given back to this team. I was fortunate to get my first cap off him in 2007.
“In the past couple of years, he’s spent more and more time in the changing room and guys really listen to him. He’s someone who’s passionate about English cricket and wants us to do well. I could tell he was genuinely proud and delighted that I’ve managed to go passed him. That’s testament to him,” he added.
Broad has bowled well this summer without the rewards to show for it. He took just 11 wickets against South Africa but looked in good rhythm throughout that series and had not been unduly worried about his form. “I feel like I’ve been threatening and creating chances,” Broad said. “If I save all my wickets for Australia I don’t mind,” he said.
“My career has always been a little bit like that,” Broad said. “Pick up a two-fer, a two-fer and then get a six-fer out of nowhere.” Can he sense when he is on the cusp of one of those spells? “I sort of can. I do feel light in my run-up. I make the batsmen play every ball. When I don’t get it quite right, I get pushed in to fifth stump and get left. I really don’t like being left, it feels like a waste of a run-up. I love batsmen playing forward defensives at me because if I get any sort of nibble, it brings both sides in.”Via