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)