Broad puts past trip to good use
Stuart Broad may have been just 21 when he toured Sri Lanka with England in 2007, but he was already learning the lessons he hopes will make him a match-winner on the sub-continent three years down the line.
Broad was a rookie on his first overseas tour back then but if, as expected, he is handed the new ball in the first one-day international against Bangladesh tomorrow he will do so as the attack’s senior man.
Ryan Sidebottom is, at 32, the oldest member of the bowling unit, while Tim Bresnan, Liam Plunkett and even newcomer Ajmal Shahzad all reached their 24th birthdays before Broad.
But with 26 Tests and 57 ODI caps to his name, Broad will be the man captain Alastair Cook looks to lead the attack in the absence of the injured James Anderson.
The pitches of Bangladesh are not the most helpful for Broad - or any seamer - but it is a role he has long been preparing for.
“It’s always a learning experience and you have to bowl very differently to how you do in England,” said Broad.
“Line and length can sometimes be predictable over here and batsmen can line you up. I think slower balls work really well over here.
“I had some notes that I looked up from our tour to Sri Lanka in 2007.
"I had quite a successful tour over there and I wrote a few things down, like using slower balls at certain times of the over as the lack of pace made hitting a boundary more difficult.
“That’s something I’ll be looking to use over here. In different conditions taking notes is something I like to do. At my age I came to the conclusion I’ll have the chance to tour these places again.
“If I have a few things to look at in the future it will be useful to see if I did well or badly in a certain place and what I used for strength and weakness. It doesn’t do any harm and it’s something I can look back at.”
Broad has been fully behind rested captain Andrew Strauss’ decision to skip the tour in a bid to avoid burnout.
But despite earning a rest for both of England’s pre-series warm-up matches in Fatullah, Broad is not looking to follow Strauss’ lead any time soon.
“I’m aware you only have so many balls in you as a bowler, so I appreciate (team director) Andy (Flower) opted to give me a rest in these two games, but I was very aware I needed to keep my skills up,” said Broad.
“I hope to play in every match for England. I think there are 20 ODIs before the next World Cup and we need to be together for the majority of that to be able to grow and bond and figure out players’ roles.
“If you do play every game there’s going to be taxes on the body but you also want to play every game to ensure you are in form and stamp your place in the side.”
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