July 17, 2024
Steve Smith sends James Anderson a very cheeky message as Aussies form Ashes guard of honour for retiring England great Stuart Broad

Steve Smith sends James Anderson a very cheeky message as Aussies form Ashes guard of honour for retiring England great Stuart Broad

Steve Smith sends James Anderson a very cheeky message as Aussies form Ashes guard of honour for retiring England great Stuart Broad

Steve Smith sends James Anderson a very cheeky message as Aussies form Ashes guard of honour for retiring England great Stuart Broad

  • Aussies form guard of honour for Stuart Broad at The Oval
  • Steve Smith encourages James Anderson to also retire
  • Anderson, 41, doesn’t have retirement on his mind

Stuart Broad received a guard of honour from the Aussies as he walked out onto The Oval ahead of his retirement from cricket – and Steve Smith couldn’t help making a cheeky dig at James Anderson.

The England legend is playing his final Test as the hosts look to draw The Ashes series, although the Australians have already retained the urn.

Broad, 37, announced his retirement from cricket following stumps on day three of the Test and will become part of Sky Sports’ cricket coverage team.

The Aussies formed a guard of honour for Broad, who was batting, and his long-standing bowling partner James Anderson who walked out beside him to a standing ovation from the crowd.

Unlike Broad however, 41-year-old Anderson has given no indication that he is ready to stop playing. 

The Australians formed a guard of honour for Stuart Broad (pictured wearing No.8) as he walked out to bat in Test cricket for the last time – with Steve Smith springing a surprise on the England star’s partner at the crease, James Anderson (pictured wearing No.9) 

As the pair took to the field, Broad appeared to hug Anderson and encourage him to also walk through the guard of honour – but Anderson stopped at the boundary line and let Broad have his moment. 

‘It was Broad wanting to put his arm around Jimmy and almost say, ‘Come with me’ and Jimmy was like, ‘I’m having none of it. This is all about you’,’ Mel Jones said on Sky Sports.

‘And because retirement is not on his mind,’ replied Michael Atherton.

Steve Smith couldn’t resist giving Anderson some cheeky encouragement to follow Broad into retirement by trying to usher the fast bowler through the guard straight after his teammate.

It wasn’t missed by cricket viewers.

‘Steve Smith cheekily asking Anderson to join Broad’s guard of honor and Anderson refusing to step ahead has to be another one of the countless hilarious moments Ashes has given us,’ wrote one fan on Twitter.

‘Literally I was laughing. But Jimmy shows his intention very well. I am not retiring soon,’ replied another.

Although Australia have retained the Ashes, his summer has been one of personal achievement for Broad as he became only the second seamer in history to reach 600 Test wickets.

In his column for the Mail on Sunday, Broad wrote: ‘People will ask why now, and to be honest, ultimately, I really wanted to go out at the top of my own game and in an England versus Australia Test.

Anderson, 41, has played Test cricket for more than two decades but unlike Broad, has no plans to retire

Anderson, 41, has played Test cricket for more than two decades but unlike Broad, has no plans to retire

Broad recently became the fifth man in history to reach the 600-wicket milestone

Broad recently became the fifth man in history to reach the 600-wicket milestone

‘What a feeling it would have been to be on that stage this week lifting the urn — and the fact we won’t be is probably why, deep down, I felt so sad in Manchester last weekend.

‘It’s also nice to have some control over your destiny and at 37 you are just a hamstring tear away from someone else telling you it is the end.’

He wrote, too, of wanting to be present for his new daughter Annabella and spend time at home with his partner Mollie, who he thanked for supporting him during his career.

The iconic bowler has had many fantastic moments playing for his country.

Taking 8-15 against the old enemy to secure the Ashes at Nottingham in 2015 will stand for years as one of the defining moments in his career arc, and indeed in English cricketing history.

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