Ashes 2019: Stuart Broad feels this is the tightest series he has contested against Australia

Stuart Broad considers the recent Ashes series is closest he has played and feels that the momentum has changed in England’s favour following Ben Stokes’ heroics at Headingley.
Australia were just 1 wicket away from keeping the urn, as the holders, if with the hosts needing a 73 runs Jack Leach strode into the crease to combine Stokes.
However the England all-rounder’s well-documented exceptional unbeaten century directed Joe Root’s side to a series-levelling success but also put them based on Broad.
The fourth match at Old Trafford is live on Sky Sports The Ashes from 10am on Wednesday, September 4, also before it Broad said:”Australia would have 99 percent believed they were going to keep the Ashes with 70-odd runs still needed,” he explained. “Stokes along with Leach’s last-wicket partnership was among the biggest that English cricket has ever seen and Australia had a really poor hour.
“They will reflect on that and believe that they have many things wrong. The endings of that Test match changed to England and the collection.
“England and Australia both did a lot of things because Test match and I really don’t think I’ve ever played an Ashes that was as closely matched man-to-man because this set.
“The teams are so close and you may see that by the punches being thrown by every side and how they’re soaking it up. It’s a fun series to be involved in.”
Meanwhile, Broad is currently looking forward to visiting the return of Steve Smith, who missed the third Test with concussion after being struck by a bouncer from Jofra Archer .
The Australian batsman made scores of 92 and 144, 142 in his three innings in the series before he was forced to sit out his side’s second innings in the Home of Cricket with concussion.
“We’ve not bowled at him because Lord’s,” Broad added. “He’s had a time period not batting in the middle, and it will be a bonus for us. It’s good to get him back. Nobody wants to see anyone miss cricket through thoughts injuries.
“Whenever that a batsman appears in excellent rhythm, a period of time out of being at the midst could impact them. But he is a world-class batsman, he’ll be very prepared for the states he’ll face here at Old Trafford.
“I think there has been a tiny bit of to-and-fro involving him and Jofra, and Jofra will be excited to continue this battle. Smith will probably be very hungry to return into a crucial Test game.”
In the absence of James Anderson, that had been ruled out for the rest of the series Broad has stepped up as the most senior member of the attack.
And, although Anderson’s injury has several quarters questioning if England’s leading will be thinking about hanging up his bootsBroad finds his strike partner’s ongoing work as proof he will come back stronger.
“He’s clearly very disappointed,” Broad explained. “He has set his heart and soul into getting back to full fitnesscenter. When he hurt his calf 10, it was early June. He got back fit for the first match which didn’t really work out just how he desired.
“I had in mind it was written in the stars he would come back (for the first Test at Old Trafford) and start the bowling at the James Anderson End and bowl us to victory.
“That is not likely to happen, but he has clearly got a great deal of cricket left in him he has to get that calf right because it is a long-winded H injury, a couple of weeks worth of crab niggle he is going to want to eliminate.”
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