Stuart Broad says being able to communicate so easily with James Anderson has played a huge role in their success for England.
The deadly duo are the most successful pace bowling pair in the history of Test cricket with 1,069 wickets between them.
Broad believes having a competitive edge while never really competing directly with each other has also been vital to their two-pronged attack.
“The biggest strength is we can have all sorts of conversation,” said Broad during an Instagram Live chat between the pair.
He added: “A great strength about us is that we both are very competitive in every game we play and I don't think we have been competitive against each other. We always have the attitude of picking 10 wickets for the team. Even in training, we swear each other on and in the game, we are always looking for the next wicket whoever gets it.
“Also, you [Anderson] fielding at mid-on helped us get close together. It's not like old school where the bowler finishes his over and goes to field at fine leg between overs. The communication would be really difficult when your bowling partner is at fine leg. Fielding at mid-on actually helps and it really helps us in planning and celebrating every wicket. It's really important to have different minds thinking in one direction.”
Fitness and drive is key for Anderson to continue
Talk also turned to the pair's retirement plans. Broad is 33 and Anderson 37 but both are keen to play on as long as possible.
Speaking to his bowling partner, Broad said: “I'm someone who doesn't like to give too much thought into it. Professional sport never allows a perfect finish and as bowlers we might get injured and all that. Thinking about it will stop my drive and I don't think I can go till your age to be honest.”
Meanwhile, Anderson believes still having the drive to succeed will be vital.
“If I can see myself playing the next year, I think the big thing is keeping your standards high, the fitness levels are really crucial,” he added. “Also, if the speed stays and then I think as long as you have that hunger and that desire to keep playing and you need that and playing in a team that you know can win a series is a boost. I know we have a lot of young people coming up. So, as long as you got that drive why not carry on.”