Peter Moores and Steven Mullaney are relishing having Stuart Broad around during the early part of the 2019 season, as the England paceman hones his preparations for the visit of the Australians in August.
With the ICC Cricket World Cup forming a huge part of the early season action, Nottinghamshire members and supporters can expect to see plenty of the 32-year-old turning out for the green and golds during the spring.
Having the experience and quality of someone like Broad around the squad is an asset that Captain Mullaney can’t wait to use.
“We all know how hard he’s worked,” said Mullaney.
“He’s really hungry and been working on his new short run up during his winter at Trent Bridge.
“Hopefully we’ll see quite a lot of him because the Ashes isn’t until later in the summer with the World Cup being on in the early months.
“Hopefully he can put in some performances for us to give himself the best chance of performing in the Ashes series.”
From his 8-15 against Australia at Trent Bridge in 2015 to his 6-17 against South Africa in early 2016, which included a spell of 5-1, Broad has taken five wickets in a single spell on seven occasions in Test cricket.
"If Jimmy (Anderson) is a craftsman then Broady is a tactician." Peter Moores on Stuart Broad
Having coached him during his own stints at the top of English cricket, Moores says that Broad has a special skill of sensing key moments in pressure matches.
“Broady proves time and time again what a good performer he is,” said Moores.
“All bowlers have different things. If Jimmy (Anderson) is a craftsman then Broady is a tactician.
“He finds a way and senses moments; that’s why he is so valuable to the Test team.
“The game can seemingly be going nowhere and then suddenly Broady has one of those spells where he comes steaming in and opens the game up.
“His experience is invaluable and both him and Jimmy will have big roles to play when it comes to the Ashes this summer.”
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