Stuart Broad - Run-up Priorities
Stuart Broad's rise to the top is a lesson to every coach and young player. Predominantly a bowler nowadays, he spent his formative years playing as an opening batsman.
It was not until the age of 17, following a growth spurt that gave him prodigious height, that he started taking his bowling seriously. Now he bowls at a brisk pace, but crucially has the ability to extract bounce off the wicket.
His time spent as an opening batter for Leicestershire Under 9s, Melton Mowbray and Oakham School has not been wasted though. Pundits have backed him to become a genuine all-rounder, rather than a bowler who bats a bit.
His progress from his county under 9s to ICC World Twenty20 and Ashes winner must delight the ECB development staff. He follows the classic model in place, through junior representative teams, to National Academy Squad, to A squad, before dipping his toe into the world of international cricket - first in one-dayers and then into Test matches.
At The Brit Oval during the final Test of the 2009 npower Ashes summer, he ran through the Australian batsmen during a spell of 5-37 on the second afternoon, to collect the Man of the Match award in one of the most significant Tests in recent years.
His success with the ball is centered around a repeatable, safe and smooth action. On his day he has the attributes of pace, bounce and movement. Bowling coaches look for two out of these three attributes amongst young fast bowlers.
Here he talks exclusively to the ECB CA website about perfecting his action. This week he explains what his priorities are from top of his run up to the moment he releases the ball. Next week he explains what happens after he has let the ball go….