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Stuart Broad reacts to Strictly rumours with hilarious 'the headband' update

Oct 23, 2023

The England cricket legend who is engaged to The Saturdays star Mollie King has been linked with the BBC show

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Stuart Broad has shared an update after being linked with a starring role on the latest series of Strictly Come Dancing. The cricket legend, who hung up his whites for good after England's final Ashes test against Australia, is rumoured to be wanted by Strictly bosses to fill the 'popular sportsman' role when the show returns.

That means the Nottingham star could follow in the footsteps of the likes of Tony Adams, Ugo Monye and fellow England cricketer Graeme Swann. The link made the front pages of one tabloid and Broad shared an update after he spotted the paper.

Sharing an Instagram story, the 37-year-old posted a picture of the front page of The Sun, which featured a mock-up of Broad in dancing gear, alongside his trademark headband. On the picture he posted "Took me by surprise nipping into M&S". Further down he wrote "The headband" with three laughing emojis.

Broad would be a popular addition to the show after his Ashes heroics that would have helped England regain the urn were it not for some dire weather. His fiancée and The Saturdays star Mollie King hasn't addressed the rumours yet, but she has shared several pictures of her, Broad and the couple's daughter following his retirement.

In one sweet update, she wrote: "An unbelievable ending to an incredible career! We're bursting with happiness for you!"

When the rumours first emerged an inside wrote that Stuart is the "perfect choice to fill the coveted 'sports star' slot considering he retired as the 'hero of the hour'. “It is a last-minute approach, but the BBC think he’s worth ­trying to get on board because he would be hugely popular with viewers," they said.

Speaking to The Sun, they added: "They’d be guaranteed to feature quite a few cricket-themed dances, and would almost ­certainly incorporate his famous bandana somehow too."