Peter Moores believes Stuart Broad is primed to perform at his peak for England in the upcoming Test series against World Champions New Zealand.

Broad is part of a 13-man squad for the series, which begins at Lord’s on 2 June before moving to Trent Bridge from 10-14 June.

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The right-armer has played his part in two victories and a draw with his county this season, taking 11 wickets at 24.09 – and Moores is impressed, but unsurprised, by what he has seen.

“Stuart has done really well in his three matches for us,” said the Nottinghamshire Head Coach.

“He has done what you would expect from an international bowler. He gets better with every innings he plays, he has found his rhythm, which always takes a little bit of time - and he hasn’t played since January.

“He has done what Stuart does. He leads the attack, he’s great to have around the lads, he’s a brilliant team man.”

Moores believes the style of cricket his side has played this season has been beneficial to Broad’s preparation too.

With bowlers compelled to work for their rewards in the opening exchanges of the County Championship season, the 152-cap seamer has been given a taste of the rigours of cricket at the highest level once more.

“I think he goes into those Test matches in great shape,” Moores continued.

“He has got some overs under his belt, he has bowled on flat pitches, which is what Test match pitches are like, and he will go along to the first Test feeling he can start his summer off, and England’s summer off, with a real bang.”

Moores was speaking after the third day of Nottinghamshire’s County Championship contest with Derbyshire – a game the hosts would go on to win by ten wickets.

And he was quick to praise the efforts of his bowling unit as a whole before Haseeb Hameed and Ben Slater made light work of the run chase.

“I thought the bowlers did really well, we used the new ball at the end to clear them out and real credit to all four seamers and Liam Patterson-White because they had to work hard,” he said.

“Part of the idea of working as a bowling unit is that you bowl your spell and if you don’t get wickets you pass it on to somebody else to get them, and I think we saw that today.

“James Pattinson worked up a bit of pace and Broady really got into his rhythm – and it was good to see Dane Paterson continue in good form and Lyndon James chip in with a couple too.”


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