Stuart Broad might consider T20I retirement to prolong his career
Stuart Broad returned to cricket following the recovery from a knee-injury against Durham playing for Nottinghamshire at Trent Bridge. Interestingly Peter Siddle, his Ashes rival was his new ball partner.
Despite being comfortable with his dogged knee, Broad only bowled six overs for his county team. With England starting a new era after the sacking of Kevin Pitersen and the retirement of senior players, Broad is one of the guys who has been around for some time.
"Stuart is a key man for Test cricket and one-day internationals, so in terms of managing his fitness I think we are going to have to look at Twenty20 for Stuart," said a concerned Mick Newell, the new England selector.
It is no hidden secret that Broad has been facing issues with his fitness every now and then.
"The last two or three years he has picked up a lot of little things and he would want to have played more cricket than he has,” Newell said.
"There is a lot of ODI cricket coming up and how you manage the workload for players like Stuart through the summer and as you prepare for the 50-over World Cup next February is something that will have to be looked at," explained Newell.
Broad being the T20 captain might also lose the chance to lead his country in future T20 internationals. However, Newell was confident Braod will understand that it is for the best interest of his career and also threw light on the fact he might lead England in ODIs in future.
"Of course there is kudos in being captain, but I think he will get his head around [losing] that," Newell said.
"He is proud and ambitious, but captaincy in a longer form of the game, perhaps in one-day cricket, would remain a possibility," he added.