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Stuart Broad

Stuart Broad has made rapid progress in the last 12 months

Leicestershire have issued a ‘hands off’ warning to counties eyeing up England new boy Stuart Broad.

The 20-year-old pace bowler’s dramatic rise to prominence and his recent one-day international debut for England has led to speculation linking him with bigger counties.

Leicestershire senior coach Tim Boon is resigned to losing Broad at some stage in the future, but only to England if he continues at his current rate of progress.

“We have to be realistic in our outlook concerning Stuart and prepare for the fact that he may not play much for Leicestershire in the future due to his England commitments,” said Boon.

“But Stuart is contracted to Leicestershire for at least another year and we will be looking at that situation with a view to ensuring that remains the case beyond this current agreement.

“He is very much a Leicestershire lad, having come through the development system, and we hope that he will show loyalty to the club that has given him this opportunity in the game.”

Broad was this week named in the National Academy squad for the winter trip to Australia, a move favoured by Boon despite some commentators tipping him for a place on the Ashes tour.

“There is still a good chance that Stuart may play some part in the Ashes series because he is on standby, but this decision means he has time to rest in the early part of this winter and that is important as we continue to manage his physical development,” said Boon.