Stuart Broad branded 'stubborn' as England dressing room actions come to light

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Stuart Broad has retired from cricket after helping England beat Australia in fifth Ashes Test

Jack Otway

By Jack Otway

Published: 04/08/2023

- 09:24

The 37-year-old confirmed he'd be quitting cricket on Saturday before helping the hosts win the fifth and final Ashes Test

England bowler Ollie Robinson has revealed Stuart Broad is 'stubborn' but has lavished praise on his compatriot.

The bowler confirmed he'd be retiring from cricket on Saturday before then shining on Monday by helping the hosts beat Australia in the fifth and final Ashes Test.

Broad will go down as an England great, having taken a stunning 604 Test wickets throughout his remarkable career.

And Robinson, writing for Wisden, has claimed the 37-year-old is 'stubborn' but 'in a good way'.

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Ollie Robinson has revealed how England players paid tribute to Stuart Broad


"He’s very stubborn, but in a good way," he said.

"When he has that plan, he will stick to it for as long as possible; and I think that’s what makes good bowlers great.

"Just knowing that their plan is going to work at some point and sticking with it for as long as possible.

"A lot of bowlers change their plans after a few overs, get whacked for a few boundaries and then go back to the original plan.

"Broady and Jimmy [Anderson] are definitely stubborn in their own ways and stick to what they believe will work.

"History will say it’s worked pretty well for him. He’s a legend of the game and his stats speak for themselves.

Robinson also revealed the way England players paid tribute to Broad, as well as Moeen Ali and physio Steve Griffin, in the dressing room at The Oval.

"The end of a series is always a special time for us as a squad," he said.

"After the game we had an hour to ourselves where it was just the players and support staff before we were joined by family and friends.

"We sat down as a whole group and sent off Broady, Moeen and our physio Steve Griffin and just gave our thanks, going around the room speaking about our time together and what it’s meant to play with them.

"Jimmy spoke really well about Broady, and Woakesy spoke really well about Mo.

"Baz [Brendon McCullum] and [Ben] Stokesy are really keen on these moments because they care most about the memories, not necessarily the cricket.

"And I think those couple hours were the sort of times that if you asked the lads in years to come, they won’t be forgetting that in a hurry.

"The Aussies left before we got a chance to have a beer with them but a few of them came out after and we saw them later so it was all good in the end.

"Jack Leach actually wrote a poem about the series. It was a special few hours in the changing room."

Broad will now become a commentator.

And his father Chris, speaking recently to the Daily Mail, has warned his son he'll need to know his stuff in order to succeed in that new challenge.

"Commentating is a different animal altogether. I tried that when I finished playing," he said.

"You've got to know your facts. There are some good commentators around. You have to learn fairly quickly on the job.


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Stuart Broad has taken 604 Test wickets during his cricket career


"But I am sure he will be given every opportunity to learn the process."

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