Broad beams at Finn success
Stuart Broad has welcomed the increased competition for places in the England attack following the emergence of Steven Finn.
Middlesex fast bowler Finn, 21, was last weekend named England man of the series after claiming 15 wickets in the 2-0 npower Test series win over Bangladesh.
Broad himself missed the series, rested by the ECB in order to undergo a strengthening programme - treatment now planned for Finn over the next few weeks.
Broad said: “It’s fantastic to see. He’s a great talent and he has all the attributes to be a fantastic bowler. It’s great to see England developing a stable of bowlers who can come in and perform.
“When there’s pressure on players to perform, players always play at their best and that can only help England win.”
Broad is now likely to return to the England fold for their upcoming one-day matches against Scotland, Australia and Pakistan while Finn sits out.
Broad sees the NatWest Series as a chance to continue building confidence rather than a key staging post ahead of next winter’s Ashes.
He told Sky Sports News: “The players aren’t looking as far as the Ashes yet.
“We’ve got an important summer ahead of us with four important Test matches against Pakistan coming up where we can build momentum, as we have been doing for the past year or so.
“We’ve got to look to try and win every game. We played fantastically well in that Twenty20 World Cup (sic) and you can take that confidence into different formats.”
Broad is one of several England players to return to county action before the NatWest Series begins on June 22.
The 23-year-old will play for Nottinghamshire Outlaws in their matches against Worcestershire Royals on June 13 and Lancashire Lightning two days later.
Speaking at Trent Bridge alongside Notts' Australian overseas duo David Hussey and Dirk Nannes, Broad explained that a positive attacking mindset was the key ingredient of England's own Twenty20 success.
"We adopted a fearless attitude during the World Twenty20 and we knew that we had the backing of the hierarchy and I'm sure we'll be doing the same thing at Notts," said Broad.
"I haven't played any cricket for a couple of weeks and I'm hugely excited by the Friends Provident t20 matches that I'll be playing in over the next few days.
"Momentum is key in Twenty20 cricket and we'll have a pretty clear plan to help us generate that."