Broad rated England’s ODI MVP
Stuart Broad has been England's most valuable player in one-day international cricket over the last five years, according to analysis by the Professional Cricketers' Association.
The Nottinghamshire all-rounder is over 100 points clear of his nearest playing rival James Anderson in the FTI MVP Rankings, which compares the performances of the team in all forms of the game.
He has also taken 20 more wickets than his fellow opening bowler since the rankings' inception and contributed almost four times as many runs.
Fresh from captaining England to victory in the Natwest International T20 against West Indies, Broad will be raring to go in the forthcoming series against Australia.
And his county coach Mick Newell believes the tourists will be all too aware of his status as the hosts' lynchpin in the battles ahead.
He said: "Stuart has matured into one of the finest bowlers in the world in all types of cricket and has made great strides in the limited-overs game in particular.
"He is obviously valuable with the ball as one of England's main strike bowlers, but his contribution in the field and with the bat are equally important to the make-up of the team.
"As his recent promotion to captaincy of the t20 side has shown, he is also now capable of contributing strategically, which will help his team-mates too.
"He and England will need to be at their very best when they take on the Aussies, who are themselves top of the rankings in one-day cricket, but they too will know they're up against it."
Broad's career-best performance in the FTI MVPs came in August 2008 on his home ground at Trent Bridge against South Africa, who return to England later this summer.
The then-22-year-old produced a withering spell of fast bowling, returning 5-23 in 10 overs that included three maidens. Four of Broad's victims were top-order batsmen, helping him record 32.27 ranking points, and ensured the tourists were skittled for just 83 runs.
Kieron Smith, senior vice-president of FTI Consulting, said: "Using the FTI MVP rankings to analyse how a player has performed over recent times is a far better reflection of their contribution to the team than the old method of using averages to ascertain a player's standing.
"I am pleased that the ranking system has become a very useful tool for county and international coaches."
England's increasing strength in ODI cricket as they build towards the 2015 World Cup is reflected in them recording twice as many series victories as defeats - 14 wins compared to their seven losses - against the major nations since the 2007 World Cup in Sri Lanka.
The top-five players in the FTI MVPs have passed 500 points since then. But with Paul Collingwood still at number two and Kevin Pietersen, who retired recently, at number five on the all-time list, a new generation will need to meet the challenge.
Ian Bell leads the current rankings for one-day international cricket this summer after his 289 runs in two victories against West Indies, including 126 off 177 balls in the opener at the Ageas Bowl.
Skipper Alastair Cook is next, with Tim Bresnan and Anderson fractionally above Broad, who currently sits in fifth position.