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Stuart Broad eyes Ashes 2019 after smashing Ian Botham's record

In the first Test against West Indies at Edgbaston, pacer Stuart Broad went past Sir Ian Botham's tally of 383 wickets to become England's second highest wicket-taker in Tests behind James Anderson.

Edited by: India TV Sports Desk, New Delhi [ Published on: August 22, 2017 16:28 IST ]
Image Source : GETTY IMAGES Stuart Broad in action during the Test

England's bowling spearhead - Stuart Broad has expressed his desire to play in the 2019 Ashes against Australia. The lanky pacer has recently surpassed Sir Ian Botham on the list of England's all-time Test wicket-takers. Broad surpassed Botham's record tally of 383 wickets in the first Test against West Indies at Edgbaston. 

"I'm 31 now and still feel like I have quite a bit of cricket left in me," the Independent quoted Broad as saying.

"I'm loving the energy around this team, I'm loving being part of it. I've hopefully, touch wood, got a few more miles in the tank," he added.

The 31-year-old pacer is now only behind his new-ball partner James Anderson, who has 492 wickets to his name.

When asked if he meant that he would be around for 2019, Broad answered, "Oh God, yes, I hope so. I'll be just turned 33. Jimmy is 35 so I'd certainly hope my performances will keep improving to be a part of that Ashes for sure."

Broad finished with 3/34 in the second innings and 5/81 in the match as hosts England took 19 wickets to thrash West Indies by an innings and 209 runs inside three days in their inaugural day/night Test at Edgbaston on Saturday.

Broad further said that he is not someone who looks too far ahead.

"I'm not someone who looks too far ahead because I think it slows you down as a performer," he said.

"This winter is a hugely exciting one because I think that series is going to be a belter with two teams that look really similar. But obviously, I have the hunger to go further than that," he added.

England, who hold the Ashes, travel to Australia for a five-match series that begins in November this year. The sides meet again in England in 2019.

(With Agency Inputs)

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