Broad reveals best teammate and toughest batsman he bowled to
England fast bowler Stuart Broad has picked Ben Stokes as the best teammate he has ever played . The 28-year-old Stokes has developed into a dependable figure for the England in all three formats.
He was one of the key reasons why the English managed to lift the World Cup at home. Even in the final, he turned out with turn back half-century which led the team Win.
The New Zealand-born showed his class in the Ashes also. His century at Headingley in Leeds helped England beat Australia from a nearly lost match. The 33-year-old Broad is impressed with the impact Stokes has had with his all-round abilities.
“I feel very lucky to have the option to name a few here but, if I thought about three or four, I might get to between 10-15. So, being brutally strict, I would have to say Ben Stokes is the best I have played with, for the positive impact he can have on games with bat, ball and in the field,”
Broad was quoted as saying in Daily Telegraph.
Broad has over 720 wickets in his 14-year career. At this stage he named Steve Smith as the toughest batter he has ever bowled. The speedster said the Australian batsman makes life difficult for a bowler and has the ability to score in any situation.
“As for against? I have yet to figure out the best way to bowl at Steve Smith. He makes life tough for bowlers and has a huge hunger for big scores,” he added. Smith is currently the International Cricket Council’s (ICC) number one ranked Test batsman.
Although, Broad has gotten the wicket of Smith as many as 11 times. Smith hasn’t scored many runs either while facing him. Smith was on top of his game in the previous Ashes, the very series where he made his Test comeback following the ball-tampering scandal.
In the Test series, Smith suffered a concussion after being hit around the neck. Nevertheless, he came back and smashed a double century in the fourth match.
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