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

Stuart Broad believes the Ashes series is nearest he has played in and feels that the momentum has shifted in England’s favour after Ben Stokes’ heroics in Headingley.
Australia were only 1 wicket away from keeping the urn, as the present holders, when Jack Leach strode to the crease to join Stokes.
However , the England all-rounder’s well-documented exceptional unbeaten century not just led Joe Root side to some victory but place them in the driving seat to the last two Tests, according to Broad.
The fourth game at Old Trafford will be based on Sky Sports The Ashes from 10am on Wednesday, September 4, also before it Broad said:”Australia could have 99 per cent thought they were planning to retain the Ashes with 70-odd runs still needed,” he said. “Stokes and Leach’s last-wicket partnership was one of the biggest that English cricket has seen and Australia needed a very poor hour.
“They’ll reflect on this and believe that they have many things wrong. The momentum of the Test match changed to England and with that the sequence.
“England and Australia both did a whole lot of brilliant things because Test match and that I really don’t think I have ever played in an Ashes which has been as closely matched man-to-man as this series.
“The teams are so close and you can see that from the cries being thrown by every side and how they’re soaking this up. It is a fascinating series to participate in.”
Meanwhile, Broad is looking forward to seeing the return of Steve Smith, who missed the third Test after being struck by a bouncer from Jofra Archer through the second Test .
The Australian batsman made scores of 92 and 144, 142 until he was forced to sit out his side’s second innings at the Home of Cricket with concussion.
“We have not bowled at him because Lord’s,” Broad additional. “He has had a time period not batting in the center, and it is an incentive for us. It’s great to get him backagain. Nobody wants to see anyone miss cricket through head injuries.
“Whenever a batsman appears in good rhythm, a period of time out of being in the midst could affect them. But he’s a batsman, he’ll be prepared.
“I think there has been a tiny bit of to-and-fro involving him and Jofra, also Jofra is going to be excited to continue that battle. Smith will be very hungry to return into a critical Test match.”
As the senior member of their attack, Broad has stepped up in the absence of James Anderson, who was ruled out using a calf injury for the rest of the series.
And, although Anderson’s injury has several quarters if England’s top Evaluation wicket-taker will consider hanging up his boots, questioning Broad finds the ongoing hard work as evidence of his strike partner that he will come.
“He is obviously very disappointed,” Broad explained. “He’s put his heart and soul to getting back to full fitnesscenter. If he hurt his calf originally This was early June. He got back match for the game which didn’t quite work out how he desired.
“I had in mind it was almost written in the stars that he would come back (for the first Test at Old Trafford) and open the bowling at the James Anderson End and jar us to victory.
“That’s not going to happen, but he’s clearly got a lot of cricket left in him and he has to find that calf right since it’s a long-winded H injury, a few weeks worth of crab niggle he is going to want to eliminate.”
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