England cricketer Stuart Broad has told Sky Sports what made Joe Root punch him in the leg during a penalty shootout win for Nottingham Forest against Sheffield United.

The Reds reached the Championship play-off final by beating Sheffield United over two legs.

Forest won at Bramall Lane 2-1, with the Blades replicating the scoreline at the City Ground. Forest claimed the win 3-2 on penalties.

Now, Huddersfield await in the final for Steve Cooper’s team.

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Ahead of the final, Broad has been speaking about him watching the game with Root and there was a period in the game when the former England captain belted his teammate.

He told Sky Sports: “Just after half-time, literally the 46th minute we conceded and Rooty punched me in the leg!

“I’d told him before the game, you’re not celebrating sat next to me and he punched me in the leg in celebration when it went in.”

Broad is likely to be at Wembley at the weekend and it will be interesting to see who he’s sat with on this occasion.

It won’t be Root, with his team now on their holidays following their painful defeat to Forest.

Broad delivers comical Root story and he will hope Forest can finish the job

Shortly after the play-off final, Broad will have to get himself ready for a return to England action, following his inclusion in the Test squad to face New Zealand.

He was dropped for the winter tour of the Caribbean; with Root losing his job as captain following the drubbing to the West Indies.

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Broad is a passionate performer. He won’t have enjoyed watching from afar and he will be itching to prove the selectors wrong.

Not having England duty has allowed him to spend plenty of time following Forest.

He’s one of Forest’s most famous supporters and hopefully, the Reds can channel some of his Three Lions spirit this weekend.

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