Talking Point: Stuart Broad one short of immortality

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Last Updated: Mon, Jul 27th, 2020, 02:50:06hrs
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Stuart Broad holds such an influence that he has took the sheen off the English top three -- Rory Burns (90), Dominic Sibley (56) and Joe Root (68 not out) -- as most cricket fanatics on social media do not have a mention about their individual batting brilliance. It would be harsh on Root specially as he looked to regain touch after a poor run. However, cricket is a team game, and he won't mind his most trusted bowler, having the cherry off the cake.

As the West Indies returned to bat, Broad started from where he left as he added two more scalps to his tally, making it eight wickets in the match. What is more essential for a bowler is Broad is still enjoying his run event at the twilight zone of his career as his legend continues to grows.

However, the highlight of the day was the umpires call it a day, at the brink of history.

But come Monday, it could be a historic moment for Broad and the 'match referee'.

"He’s big, he’s bad,

He’s better than his dad,

Stuart Broad, Stuart Broad," is a famous Barmy Army chant. And on the penultimate day, his dad and a former cricketer Chris Broad, will be officiating the match as referee as his son attains immortality. As for his father, he would already be knowing that his son has grown better than him in the profession.

All this comes after Day 2 belonged to Broad as well!

Broad was frustrated, annoyed and unhappy with the decision to leave him out in the Southampton Test. However, the stand-in captain Ben Stokes had made a harsh but fair remark about his hard-hitting decision. Stokes' highlighted that the decision will make him further more hungry and comeback stronger in the next matches. And England are now bearing fruits for their decision.

He looked like a free spirit, when he took on the West Indies bowlers and hit them all-over the part to bring up a quick half-century.

The reckless knock of 62 runs from Broad, who started his career as an opening batsman like his father Chris, was his highest score since 2013. It looked like he was enjoying his counter-attacking knock as he raced down to half-century in 33 deliveries, joint-third among England's quickest fifties.

It was his effort which helped the hosts reach 369 runs before being bundled out as it came after they lost the overnight pair of Ollie Pope and Jos Buttler early.

But that was not it for Broad. He also made his presence felt with the ball to register an all-round performance.

Broad picked up two out of the five wickets' in the West Indies top-order and come on Sunday it looks the visitors are stating at defeat by a big margin.

And Broad looking to get his hands on the man-of-the-match award, proving age is just a number, and he is not someone to be dropped until he calls time on his illustrious career.