Stuart Broad targets 2019 Ashes

Stuart Broad (right) after going past Sir Ian Botham (left)
Stuart Broad (right) after going past Sir Ian Botham (left)
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England pace bowler Stuart Broad said he is targetting to be part of the home 2019 Ashes series following his successful outing in the day-night Edgbaston Test against West Indies.

Broad, who picked five wickets in the game went past Sir Ian Botham's tally of 383 wickets to become the second leading wicket-taker for England in Test cricket.

The 31-year-old now has only Anderson above him, who heads the list with 492 wickets and Broad insists he isn't finished yet.

"I have a lot of cricket left in me," Broad told reporters. "I'm really enjoying being a part of this team and hopefully have a few more miles in the tank.

"I'll be 33 in 2019. I certainly hope that my performances will keep improving so that I'm part of that 2019 Ashes."

The Nottinghamshire pacer, who features for England only in the longer format said he is keen on maintaining his fitness and wants to feature in as many games as possible.

"This winter is a hugely exciting one," he added. "The two teams are very similar so it should be a belter.

"I will politely be suggesting that I will be having sufficient rest in September and October to be available for the next two tests against West Indies."

The second Test between England and West Indies will kick-start on Friday in Headingley.

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