I want to be like McGrath: Broad

Updated: 25 August 2009 08:52 IST

He is seen as potential replacement of just retired Andrew Flintoff but England's emerging star Stuart Broad wants to emulate his 'role model' McGrath.

I want to be like McGrath: Broad

London:

He is seen as potential replacement of just retired all rounder Andrew Flintoff but England's emerging star Stuart Broad wants to emulate his 'role model' Glenn McGrath.

With a hostile spell, Broad fashioned England's win in the fifth Ashes match, after which Flintoff bid adieu to Test cricket.

Injured batsman Kevin Pietersen had said that Flintoff's retirement would leave a void in the team but Broad is the man to fill that.

Reacting to observation, the young pacer said it would be an achievement if he could do half of what Flintoff has done in his career but he is more inclined to emulate Australian pace legend McGrath, who has 560 Test wickets to his name.

"McGrath has always been a role model for me ever since I was a really young lad. What did do? He just banged out a length at the top of off stump and ran it back into off stump and his record speaks for itself.

"If I could be half as good as Glenn McGrath, that would be fantastic," Broad told reporters at the team's hotel here.

Broad was also hailed by Australian spin legend Shane Warne, who in his column heaped praise on the young pacer for his disciplined bowling in the fifth and final Test, which England won to regain Ashes.

Broad also contributed with bat in England's cause, chipping in with valuable cameos intermittently.

Topics : Cricket Sreesanth
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