Broad ‘A Credit To English Cricket’
And He’s Bowling Quick
Featured News | 1st February 2017
“No one is a better team man” than Stuart Broad, according to his Big Bash Bowling Coach Steffan Jones.
The Nottinghamshire and England paceman impressed with eight wickets and an economy rate of eight-runs-an-over during his seven-game stint with the Hobart Hurricanes, as well as striking the winning runs in a last ball victory over Melbourne Renegades.
Jones, whose stint down under is a remarkable story in itself as the former Northamptonshire, Somerset and Derbyshire fast bowler currently works outside the professional game at Wellington School, was suitably impressed.
"Some big-name players like that don't feel they need any coaching," he told ESPN Cricinfo.
"But Broad was keen to listen and keen to work hard. He threw himself into all aspects of the team; no one is a better team man.
“He really was a credit to English cricket in the way he played and the way he went about things.
“And he's bowling quick. I can't believe it will be long until he's back in England's white-ball team.”
Broad’s form with the white ball, together with his determination to return to the one-day international fold, is good news for Nottinghamshire, who are likely to benefit from the 30-year-old’s services during the 2017 Royal London One-Day Cup.
"He was running in a bit slower than in the past, and as a consequence, spent a bit long on his back leg in delivery stride," added Jones.
“As a consequence, the way he falls to the off side - which he will always have to guard against - was exaggerated and he was left angling the ball into the right-hander. He had lost not just some pace but that natural away movement.
"We soon had him running in harder, and as a consequence, he was taller at the crease and that away movement started to come back. There's no reason he can't bowl as fast now as he could ten years ago.”
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