Broad targets 2019 Ashes role

19 March 2018 08:04:56 EST

England seamer Stuart Broad believes he has plenty of cricket left in the tank, as he readies himself to celebrate taking his 400th Test wicket.

The 31-year-old is currently on 399 wickets, as he and his fellow tourists prepare for the first Test of two against New Zealand, which gets under way in Auckland on Thursday.

At 31, touch wood, I've got quite a bit of cricket left in me.

Stuart Broad

And Broad, who struggled for form during the 4-0 Ashes series defeat in Australia earlier in the winter, insists he is nowhere near calling time on his international career.

He told BBC Sport: "I think sometimes I get painted as a slightly older cricketer just because I've been around for quite a long time.

"I've got a great hunger to play. I've had a tough Ashes tour, but I've got a lot of hunger to get in this England team, stay in it and have a lot of success.

"That certainly includes the next Ashes. At 31, touch wood, I've got quite a bit of cricket left in me."

Meanwhile, Broad is relishing the opportunity to become only the second England bowler to take 400 Test wickets, with long-term new-ball partner James Anderson the lone member of that exclusive club.

He added: "It's obviously an exciting prospect. It's one of those achievements you can look back on in years to come with some pride.

"It's not necessarily just about taking the wickets - it's more the length of time it takes, the dedication you've got to put in to be on the field for that long to have the chance of taking 400."

Broad is available at 10/3 to be top team bowler for England in the first innings of the first Test, with Anderson priced at 2/1 and Chris Woakes 10/3.

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