Broad pleased with MCG display
Stuart Broad was delighted to prove his critics wrong after impressing with both bat and ball during the fourth Ashes Test at the MCG.
The Nottinghamshire seamer went into the Boxing Day Test at the MCG having struggled for form throughout the series, while a number of ex-players and pundits had criticised his recent displays.
However, the 31-year-old reminded everyone of his capabilities, as he took five wickets during the match, including four during Australia's first innings, while he also carded an impressive knock of 56 with the bat off just 63 balls.
Broad's impressive display helped England secure a draw from the match and, in doing so, ended Australia's chances of claiming a series whitewash.
The seamer was certainly pleased with his improved showing, particularly as he was able to prove his critics wrong.
Writing in his Daily Mail column, Broad said: "It was very satisfying, with five wickets and a 50 in this game, to show I can still perform at this level. I know I was criticised in the build-up by some ex-players but I've stayed away from that."
Broad is now just two short of taking 400 wickets in Test cricket and he is hoping to reach that landmark during the fifth and final AshesTest in Sydney, while he also hopes a positive display in that contest will stand him in good stead for 2018.
"I'm now only two wickets away from 400 in Tests but I wish I'd already reached that landmark because that would have meant I'd had a more productive series," he added.
"But it would be a lovely figure to reach in Sydney and beyond that I'm hoping for a big 2018 because, numbers-wise, this year hasn't been the greatest for me."
Tom McGarry completed his sports journalist degree in 2011,and has since has become an integral part of the editorial and audio team. He is passionate about all things sport, particularly football, and is a lifelong supporter of his hometown club Carlisle United.