In an Iconic Send-off, Stuart Broad Scripts History with His Career’s Final Ball Six and Wicket

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In a Legendary Finale, Stuart Broad Pioneers a First in Test History: A Six with the Bat and a Wicket with the Last Ball

Who could script such a fairy tale? Perhaps only the gods of cricket themselves. Yet, it remains uncertain if a tale more enchanting than this will ever be written. The answer lies solely with the cricketing deities. Following an extraordinary run of 167 Tests, the career of Stuart Broad concluded in the most magical way one could imagine.

The English star paceman signed off his professional cricket career in a way that is straight out of a storybook. He astonished spectators by hitting a six off the final ball of his batting career, then followed up with a wicket off the final ball he bowled. This feat is a first in the long history of Test cricket. Broad has set an incredible precedent as the first-ever player to accomplish such a feat with bat and ball in his last match.

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Alongside this, Broad has claimed his spot as the second-highest wicket-taker in the current Ashes series, just one wicket shy of the highest wicket-taker, Mitchell Starc. This achievement marks yet another significant milestone in the star English paceman’s storied career.

Such a perfect closure to a professional cricket career is rare, if not unique. Broad’s grand finale to his career could well be the stuff of cricket lore, one that will continue to inspire future generations in this timeless sport.

Six of the Last Ball

In a dazzling display at The Oval during the second innings of the fifth Ashes Test, Stuart Broad remained unbeaten, scoring eight runs off eight balls. His finale with the bat was nothing short of cinematic as he dispatched the final ball for a six. In the 81st over, Australia’s paceman, Mitchell Starc, attempted a middle-line bouncer, but it failed to rise above Broad’s shoulders. Retreating to his backfoot, Broad lofted the ball over the square leg boundary for a magnificent six, a feat previously achieved only by West Indies’ Wayne Daniel in 1984 against Australia at Port of Spain.

Wicket in the Last Ball

On Monday, at the same venue, Broad claimed the final wicket of Australia’s second innings, helping England secure a 49-run victory in the fifth Test, thereby drawing the Ashes 2-2. Broad’s final Test scalp was Australia’s Alex Carey, undone by a good length delivery on the fourth stump. The ball nicked off Carey’s bat, nestling into Jonny Bairstow’s gloves behind the stumps, resulting in an eruption of applause throughout The Oval.

Performance in this Ashes Series

Throughout this Ashes series, Broad has shown impressive form, featuring in all five Tests. He claimed a total of 22 wickets at an average of 28.4. With a strike rate of 50.2 and an economy of 3.39, his best bowling figures in an innings stood at four wickets for 65 runs. In the final Test at The Oval, he bagged four wickets across both innings.

Broad’s Test career

Broad’s Test career, spanning over 37 years and 167 Tests, has seen him scalping 604 wickets. This tally places him fifth in the list of highest wicket-takers in Test history. His bowling average stands at 27.68, with the best bowling figures in an innings of eight wickets for 15 runs. In terms of match figures, his best stood at 11 wickets for 121 runs. He’s claimed five or more wickets in an innings 20 times. With the bat, he has contributed 3,662 runs, with an average of 18.03. His highest score being 169, he’s reached the hundred-run mark once and the half-century mark 13 times.

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