Stuart Broad, the master match winner for England

Self-described Test "addict" Stuart Broad was given permission to retire on his own terms by declaring on Saturday that he will do so after the Ashes final at The Oval.

It may seem odd to make such a comment after stumps on the third day of a Test in which England is attempting to dispatch its archrivals and tie the series.

But in a 167-match career that has produced 602 Test wickets so far, the fifth-highest total of any bowler, Broad, 37, has never been scared to go his own way.

Only paceman James Anderson (690), a longtime England new-ball teammate, is ranked higher overall than him.

It has come a long way from the early setback in Broad's international career when Yuvraj Singh of India hit him for six sixes in a single over at the 2007 World Twenty20 in South Africa.

As a result of his comeback, Broad—who first gained a reputation at English county Leicestershire before moving on to Midlands rivals Nottinghamshire—became acknowledged for his ability to change a game with game-winning bursts. He has taken five or more wickets in a Test innings 20 times.

When leading the attack in the absence of the injured Anderson during England's 2015 Ashes victory, he motivated an Australia collapse to 60 all out and took an incredible 8-15 on his Trent Bridge home pitch in Nottingham.

His refusal to leave the crease after edging to slip in an Ashes match on the same ground two years prior, only for umpire Aleem Dar to rule in his favor, had made him an institution in Australia by that moment.

Broad scored 65 runs while still on 37 in a game that England won by just 14 runs.

‘True champion’

Glenn McGrath, an Australian legend and Broad's youth hero said on Saturday that Broad was a "true champion" because of his ability to perform at his best under pressure.

According to McGrath, whose total of 563 Test wickets was beaten by Broad last year, "he loves the big moments, he loves the pressure and that is the sign of a true champion," McGrath told the BBC. He's been outstanding for England for a very, very long period.

Broad didn't start bowling until the very end of a school career that suggested he might imitate his Ashes-winning batting father Chris Broad.

While Stuart Broad's brilliant 169 against Pakistan at Lord's in 2010 still showed his batting ability, he has never quite been the same with the bat since breaking his nose on an Indian player's bouncer four years later.

With blond hair and youthful good looks, Broad has won the Ashes four times. He has always been a strong opponent.

That was never clearer than when, after being dropped for England's tour of the Caribbean the previous year, he was allowed to recover under the 'Bazball' leadership of captain Ben Stokes and coach Brendon McCullum.

During last week's rain-marred draw, England's top bowler in the current Ashes series, Broad, became just the sixth person to collect 600 Test wickets.

He later said, "I am addicted to Test cricket." "I admire how competitive and tough it is. Being included on the list with some of the greatest players ever is fantastic.

David Warner has encountered particular difficulty against Broad, who has dismissed the Australia opener 17 times.

The top batters of his time have been regularly challenged by Broad's ability to create bounce and late movement from a 6 feet 5 inch (1.95 meters) frame, given the fact that he is not an express speed bowler.

But he said that he hoped cricket fans would remember him as much for his competitive spirit as for his talent.

"I would say every day I've pulled on a Nottinghamshire shirt or an England shirt, I've given my heart and soul," he said.

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