Shane Watson (above) said Stuart Broad on any surface © Getty Images
Shane Watson (above) said Stuart Broad is very challenging on any surface © Getty Images

Johannesburg: Former Australian all-rounder Shane Watson has rated South African paceman Dale Steyn and England seamer Stuart Broad as the toughest bowlers he faced in his Test career. The 34-year-old, who is playing for Royal Challengers Bangalore in the ongoing Indian Premier League ( IPL), hailed Steyn for his extreme fitness and late swing , while admitting that he finds Broad very challenging on any surface. Insisting that Steyn has got an incredible energy, Watson said the latter swings the ball very late, thus not giving any chance to hit the ball, Sport24 reported. Live Cricket Scorecard: Mumbai Indians vs Sunrisers Hyderabad, IPL 2016 Match 37 at Visakhapatnam

Talking about Broad, Watson insisted that the England’s fast bowler is very accurate and also holds the ability to take the game in his side’s favour. Watson said he could recall three games when the match was in balance and Broad had ripped the heart out of them. Steyn is considered one of the all-time greatest fast bowlers the game has seen. He is very quick though not extreme, but he swings the ball to good effect. Broad is also a good Test bowler, one of the best England has produced in the last two decades. VIDEO: Shane Watson, Danielle de Villiers show off musical talents

Broad is a quality bowler, though he was taken on for six sixes in an over in T20 World Cup 2007 by Yuvraj Singh. That is one low point in his career but besides that his career statistics particularly in the longest version of the game are magical. Yuvraj taking on a great bowler like Broad proved that the left-handed batsman was one of the finest batters that India has ever produced.