By India Today Sports Desk: Former England captain Nasser Hussain hailed Stuart Broad's commitment after his brilliant bowling spell on Day 4 of the first Ashes 2023 Test against Australia. Nasser praised Broad and described him as someone who will give it his all until he hangs up his boots.
Broad gave England the upper hand in the ongoing Edgbaston Test by dismissing Marnus Labuschagne (13) and Steven Smith (6) in the final session of play on Day 4. Australia were well-placed at 78 for 1 when Broad produced two beauties, to dismiss Labuschagne and Smith. Australia were 107 for 3 at the end of play on Day 4, needing 174 to win on Day 5, with seven wickets in hand.
"He is one who can say that he always gave it his absolute everything. Broad was on his knees with two balls to go in that spell, he had been sprinting back to the end of his mark to beat the clock and bowl one more over, and that for me is all you can ever ask of an England cricketer," Hussain wrote in his column for The Daily Mail.
"With him, he strains every sinew, gives every ounce of effort and he's just going to give it everything until he hangs up his boots. His sense of theatre, his sense of occasion, his sense of when to lift his game, and his sense of how to get great players out is second to none," he wrote.
On Broad's dismissals of Labuschagne and Smith, Hussain stated that the game was slipping away from England when Ben Stokes called the pacer back into the attack, adding that it was a testament to his class that he responded to the moment.
"You can see Broad cares about this, his ninth and possibly last Ashes series, as much if not more than his previous eight and his record against Australia is what he will be remembered for. Even at 36, he went away and worked behind the scenes to perfect the outswinger that did for Labuschagne and Smith in this fourth innings. And if you want to know how much Broad puts his body through, you should have seen his feet after the first innings. Shoeless, he walked towards me, his whole foot strapped, toenail falling off, blood seeping out of the bandages," he further wrote.