It has been decided that the Pavilion End at Trent Bridge will henceforth be known as the Stuart Broad End in honour of one of England’s most accomplished bowlers, who hung up his boots following the Ashes series earlier this year.
Broad finished his career with 604 wickets in the Test match format, placing him fifth all-time after Muttiah Muralitharan, Shane Warne, James Anderson, and Anil Kumble. Broad’s last match was in July, when England drew 2-2 with Australia.
Broad has a soft spot in his heart for the Pavilion End since he is the only person to have ever scored a hat-trick in a test match there, which he did against India in 2011.
However, it was a blistering burst of fast bowling in the opening session of an Ashes Test in 2015 that will live long in the memory as he tore through Australia’s top order to end with his career best numbers of eight wickets for 15 runs. This will live long in the memory as he ripped through Australia’s top order to finish with his career best stats.
“It’s a bit surreal to think that part of the ground where I fell in love with cricket will now bear my name,” Broad, 37, said in a statement. “It’s a bit surreal to think that part of the ground where I fell in love with cricket will now bear my name.”
“Playing for Notts (Nottinghamshire) has meant so much to me, and I’ve been so fortunate that, despite the fact that my career has brought me all over the world, I’ve always been able to return home to Trent Bridge.
“As someone who was born and raised in Nottingham, I can say without a doubt that this is an extremely proud moment for both my family and I.”
Broad had 43 appearances for both his county and nation at Trent Bridge, during which he collected 190 wickets.
It is only right that the end of his home stadium, where he achieved some of his greatest triumphs, would now serve as a lasting homage to his cricketing career, said the chairman of Nottinghamshire, Andy Hunt. “It feels only fitting that the end of his home ground,”
At the same end at Old Trafford where Broad took his 600th test wicket, an end was named after Broad’s former teammate and England’s top wicket-taker, James Anderson. The end was dedicated to Anderson in 2017 and bears Anderson’s name.