England cricket legend Stuart Broad makes shock appearance on Sky Sports’ Soccer Special… and impresses fans with his performance covering his beloved Nottingham Forest
England cricketing legend Stuart Broad makes a shocking appearance on Sky Sports’ Soccer Special… and impresses fans with his performance at his beloved Nottingham Forest
- Stuart Broad is the second most successful fast bowler of all time in Test cricket
- He grew up in Nottingham with his father playing cricket for Nottinghamshire
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Stuart Broad made an impressive show about his beloved Nottingham Forest on Sky Sports News on Wednesday night.
The former England fast-bowling legend announced his immediate retirement from cricket at the end of the recent Ashes series in July, making the move to pundit at Sky.
He finished his career as the second most successful fast bowler in test matches with 604 wickets – second only to old new ball partner Jimmy Anderson, at 690.
But instead of appearing for the broadcaster as England’s white ball team took on New Zealand at Chester-le-Street in the first of three T20I clashes with New Zealand, he appeared to discuss the Tricky Trees.
The legendary cricketer was questioned about his connection with the club, which started at a young age, and admitted he hoped his daughter would grow up to support the Premier League team as well.
Stuart Broad announced his retirement from international cricket before the end of the Ashes
A longtime fan of his hometown club Nottingham Forest, Broad hopes his daughter grows up to share his love for the club
The legendary former England bowler was tasked with providing updates on Burnley’s journey to Nottingham Forest
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“I was born in Nottingham, my dad played for Nottinghamshire but I got a season ticket in the era of David Johnson and Marlon Harewood up front, Gareth Williams in midfield and Michael Dawson was a young centre-back at the time. I really fell in love with going to the City Ground,” Broad said of Sky Sports.
“Last year was so special to play in the Premier League. We’ve been close for a while, but to actually cross the line and get out of the championship is one of the hardest things you can do.
“It gives me so much joy to be able to follow Forest in the Premier League. It took me 23 years as a supporter to watch Forest play in the Premier League, but it only took my daughter one day to see us win three points. I hope she becomes a Forest fan too!’
As a result, Broad was tasked with providing updates on Forest’s Carabao Cup second round match with Burnley.
The two Premier League rivals met at the City Ground, where the first half ended 0-0 on Wednesday night after a largely uneventful encounter.
And viewers were quick to celebrate the ex-bowler’s appearance on the programme, with many claiming he seemed a natural addition to the show’s regular lineup of pundits.
One wrote: ‘Stuart Broad is 10/10 as a football pundit.’
Another said: “Stuart Broad got used to the football special with ease, comes across very well.”
Broad’s performance on Sky Sports News received rave reviews from viewers on Wednesday
A third agreed, saying: ‘Stuart Broad, who has been an England cricketer most of his life, is a better pundit than 90 per cent of Sky’s pundits over the last 20 years.’
A fourth said, “Jesus Christ. Stuart Broad has been a football expert for two minutes and has already made more sense than Paul Merson in his summary of the match. Maybe the way forward? People who don’t even practice the same sport.’
A fifth viewer was similarly impressed, adding: “Did Stuart Broad retire from test cricket so he could become a football expert?” He’s decent.’
And a sixth praised the 37-year-old, writing: “Stuart Broad is as natural an expert as it gets.”