Finn will be stronger for break - Broad
Stuart Broad knows what England pace colleague Steven Finn is in for over the next two weeks - and is confident it will only do him good.
Broad himself was prescribed two weeks of intensive strengthening rather than taking part in England’s 2-0 npower Test series triumph at home to Bangladesh.
His replacement Finn, in only his third and fourth Tests, helped to bowl England to victory and earned himself the man-of-the-series award.
Now, though, it is the Middlesex seamer’s turn to undertake the gym work, while Broad is back in harness for England in their NatWest Series squad to face Australia in five one-day internationals.
Broad had to watch from the sidelines while Finn became England’s find of the summer so far.
He was impressed too, but believes the man he bowled in tandem with in two Tests in Bangladesh earlier this year will - like him - benefit significantly from the programme England have devised.
“He is a talented bowler with all the attributes to be a great success in international cricket,” said Broad.
At 6ft 7in, Finn is even taller than Broad, whose gangly frame has required careful nurturing by England since his international debut four years ago.
With 21-year-old Finn being touted as a major weapon in next winter’s Ashes, Broad added: “I think it is a good move to send him to this camp and make sure he has a bit of a break from bowling, but also to strengthen his body up.
“International cricket is very tough on the body, and you have to be in really good physical shape.
“He is very young and in a similar sort of position to me. I came into the England side at 19 and had not really had time to be in the gym and strengthen my body - unlike a lot of people, who come into the England side at 26 or 27.
“It is a great opportunity for him to go away and do that and then come back strongly against Pakistan in the Test match series.”
Broad reluctantly agreed to the expert advice to sit out the Bangladesh series.
But he now accepts he has benefited, and is predicting - in an era of near wall-to-wall international cricket - many other players will need to miss the occasional match or series to keep themselves in the best physical shape.
“We play a lot more cricket now than they did in the 70s and 80s, with higher intensity, and it puts more stress on your body,” Broad said.
“With the amount of cricket, it is unrealistic to think you can bowl every day and play every game.
“You see it in football, with rotation - Wayne Rooney certainly does not play every game for Manchester United - and it is one of those things that will come into cricket because it is a way of reducing the injury levels that we have seen in the past.
“I have been pretty good with my fitness throughout my career with England and I hope that will continue.
“That’s what these strength camps are for - to give you the best opportunity to keep fit.”