Stuart Christopher John Broad is an English Cricketer, who plays in the Tests and ODIs for England. He was born on 24 June 1986 in Nottingham, Nottinghamshire, England.
Stuart plays the role of a right arm fast bowler for the team and is known for his ability to create bounce on the most benign surfaces.
Stuart’s career started with the team attached to his high school. It was in 2008 that he got transferred to the county of his birth, Nottinghamshire.
He started rising quite early in his career as in 2006, he was voted the Cricket Writers’ Club Young Cricketer of the Year. Thus grabbing the attention of the selectors and was almost sealed for the national side.
Broad played his first international match against Pakistan in 2006. It was a T20 match and he did fairly well as he just missed out on a hattrick.
He played the first ODI against Pakistan on 30 August 2006, while the first test was against Sri Lanka on 9 December 2007.
Rise to glory
The turning point in Broad’s career came in the sixth ODI of the series against India in 2007, when he shared a record partnership for the 8th wicket of 99 runs with Ravi Bopara. He picked up four wickets as well and went on to win his first Man of the Match award.
One of the best performances came in the first session of an Ashes test of 2015. He took eight wickets while giving away mere 15 runs.
He has also seen some tough times during his career. One of the toughest times of his career came in the initial days in the 2007 World T20 when he got hit by Yuvraj Singh for six sixes in the 19th over of the match.
Over the course of his career, Stuart has played for the Hobart Hurricanes and Leicestershire. From Leicestershire, he was transferred to Nottinghamshire and has always been very committed to the team.
He got his career best figures against Warwickshire by picking 8 wickets for 52 runs. He was also bought by Kings XI Punjab in the Indian Premier League.
Stuart got the captaincy of the national side in 2014 for the first time. He was selected to lead the team on the tour to West Indies and also for the T20 World Cup.
The team won the ODI series but failed miserably in the T20 series and the world cup. Between 2011 and 2015, he led the English side 27 times.
There are not many big records to his name. Two of the biggest achievements he has are the hat-tricks that he took in Test cricket.
The first one was against India in 2011 and the second one was against Sri Lanka in 2014. Also, he is the first bowler after Ian Botham to take a 10-wicket haul at the Lord’s.