Like partnerships are the essence of batting in cricket, similarly in bowling too partnerships are extremely important. If we look back in the past then we will find out that teams having a ferocious bowling line-up always hunt in pairs. Whether it was Ambrose and Walsh, McGrath and Lee, or Waqar and Wasim when two world-class bowlers bowl in tandem it can decimate any batting lineup.
James Anderson and Stuart Broad are the modern examples of what magic bowling in pairs can create and in this case, it has resulted in more than 1200 test wickets. England’s recently retired pacer Stuart Broad recently opened up on his bowling stint with James Anderson. Both of them have been England’s force in the bowling department for around 2 decades and have stream-rolled the opposition batting line-up with their seam and swing.
While Stuart Broad realized that in this T20 era of cricket, it would be very difficult for any other bowling pair to surpass the iconic English duo in terms of wickets taken he also ceased to believe that they are the last of the greatest bowling pairs in test cricket.
While speaking to PTI on the sideline of the SA20 final, Stuart Broad said, “I don’t think we are the last of the great bowing partnership in Test cricket. Jasprit Bumrah is an outstanding Test bowler. I don’t think our partnership, in terms of wickets we have taken, will get overtaken because of the longevity of our career.”
Stuart Broad on his inspiration growing up
Broad also spoke about what inspired him to play the longest format of the game and the biggest stage for such a long period. He said, “I grew up watching fast bowling partnerships like Courtney Walsh and Curtly Ambrose, Waqar Younis, and Wasim Akram, Darren Gough and Andy Caddick to name a few. I am sure there will be another partnership coming soon.”
Stuart Broad retired from international cricket last year after the Ashes. He finished his career at 604 wickets in 167 tests.