Watch: James Anderson mentioned as Stuart Broad builds his ultimate cricketer with skills from international players

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James Anderson and Stuart Broad


Former England pace bowler Stuart Broad has selected his ultimate cricketer with the skills of his all-time best players from various international teams. Stuart Broad overlooked Indian pace bowlers Jasprit Bumrah, Sachin Tendulkar, Virat Kohli and Steve Smith in naming his ultimate cricketer.

Stuart Broad is considered one of the best red-ball cricketers in international cricket. The right-arm bowler took 604 wickets in 167 Test matches at an average of 27.68, including 20 five-wicket hauls. He is the second-most wicket-takers among pace bowlers and fifth overall in the longest format.

The 38-year-old announced his retirement from international cricket after the fifth Test match of the Ashes series last year, where the Ben Stokes-led side drew the series 2-2. Broad is currently working as a commentator for the ongoing three-match Test series against the West Indies at home.

Watch – Stuart Broad builds his ULTIMATE cricketer

In a video shared by Sky Sports Cricket on X (formerly known as Twitter), Stuart Broad constructed his ultimate cricketer. Broad picked James Anderson and Shane Warne for their fast bowling and spin qualities respectively. He ignored legendary cricketers Glenn McGrath and Muttiah Muralitharan in his bowler choices.

Former Australian cricketer Adam Gilchrist picked his former cricketer for his wicketkeeping skills. Broad completed his list by selecting legendary West Indian batsman Brian Lara and former England batsman Paul Collingwood for their batting and fielding skills. Former Indian captain MS Dhoni was not included in Stuart Broad’s selection.

Stuart Broad creates his ultimate cricketer

Fast paced bowling – James Anderson

Spin bowling – Shane Warne

Goalkeeper: Adam Gilchrist

Batmsan – Brian Lara

Gardener – Paul Collingwood

James Anderson is among the top 10 cricketers of all time – Michael Vaughan

Speaking on the Club Prairie Fire podcast, former England captain Michael Vaughan praised James Anderson for his longevity. Vaughan described Anderson as England’s greatest bowler, ahead of notable names such as Stuart Broad and Freddie Trueman. He named Anderson among the top 10 cricketers of all time.

James Anderson announced his retirement from international cricket ahead of the series against West Indies. He is playing his last international match in this series. England have decided to drop Anderson in favour of grooming younger, developing players in preparation for the 2025/26 Ashes in Australia.

The 41-year-old made his Test match debut for England against Zimbabwe at Lord’s on 22 May 2003, where he took remarkable figures of 5/73. He has taken 701 wickets in 188 Test matches at an average of 26.52. His bowling record includes 32 five-wicket hauls in an innings, and his best bowling figures are 7/42.

Anderson is keen to work with the England Test team throughout the English summer despite his retirement. He will mentor England’s fast bowlers in the two remaining matches against the West Indies in the ongoing series and the three-match series against Sri Lanka, which is scheduled to begin next month.

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