Date of birth – 24 June 1986 Nottingham

Nottinghamshire First Class Debut – 23 April 2008 v Oxford UCCE (a)

Although injuries took their toll on Stuart Broad during 2012 it was still a momentous year for the tall, blonde fast bowler.

He became the first Nottinghamshire player to win 50 Test caps for England (followed shortly afterwards by Graeme Swann) and skippered his country during their unsuccessful ICC World Twenty20 defence in Sri Lanka.

Stuart, son of former Notts opening batsman Chris Broad, began his career with Leicestershire but switched counties in 2008, completing the short journey from Grace Road to Trent Bridge.

Since then he has enjoyed a meteoric rise up the world’s rankings. In 2010 he was part of the England side which won the ICC World Twenty20 competition in the Caribbean and later that year he scored his first Test century, scoring 169 against Pakistan at Lord’s.

Whilst his county appearances have been limited due to the demands of international cricket, he has turned in several outstanding performances when availability has allowed. In his first ten championship games for Notts he picked up 54 wickets, including career-best figures of 8-52 against Warwickshire at Edgbaston in 2010.

In August 2011 Trent Bridge witnessed its first ever Test match hat-trick and it was suitably fitting that the man to do it was playing on his home ground.

Stuart’s achievement in sending back India’s MS Dhoni, Harbajhan Singh and Praveen Kumar helped him win the man of the match award and sped England to a comprehensive victory.

With a full international programme ahead of him, including home and away Ashes campaigns, Stuart will be hoping for form, fitness and a hugely successful 2013.