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The fierce conditions of the Indian subcontinent stand between England cricket all-rounder Stuart Broad and an historic victory. After sweeping aside the cricketing superpowers during the last 12 months, Broad and his England team are ready to win their first Cricket World Cup…

 

Son of my father…
While most kids grow up listening to nursery rhymes, the soundtrack to Stuart’s childhood was leather on willow. Stuart grew up watching his dad, Chris Broad, opening the batting for England during a distinguished career for club and country.

 

Trent Bridge…
As a youngster, Stuart used to make the trip to Nottingham to watch his dad in action for Nottinghamshire County Cricket Club. These days, Stuart is the new darling of the Radcliffe Road End at the team’s historic Trent Bridge ground. Last season, he helped Nottinghamshire CCC win the 2010 County Championship.

 

University challenge
Despite spending most of his teenage years wearing his cricket whites, Stuart still found time to do his homework and left school with excellent grades. He was offered a place at Durham University’s prestigious centre of cricketing excellence, but he chose to join Leicestershire CCC instead.

 

Academy prospect…
Stuart’s talents as a fast bowler and a capable batsman soon brought him to the attention of the England set-up. A five-wicket haul on his debut for the England under-19 team saw him progress to the ECB National Academy and on to the England A side.

   

Ripping through the order…
Stuart got his first chance to play with the big boys when he was called into the senior England squad for a series of Twenty20 and One Day Internationals against Pakistan. Impressive figures with the bat and ball marked Stuart’s arrival on the international scene. Further big performances against Sri Lanka, New Zealand, South Africa and the West Indies followed as Stuart fast became a pivotal member of the England team.

 

The Ashes…
After impressing in every form of cricket whilst playing for England, it was soon time for Stuart to take part in the most iconic contest his sport has to offer. Stuart realised every English cricketers’ dream when he was called up by selectors to contest the 2009 Ashes Test series against Australia in England. Stuart’s Man of the Match performance in the fifth and decisive Test match secured a series victory for the English.


 

 

Back in the habit…
After suffering an unfortunate injury in England's Ashes win in Australia, Stuart has rested up and is ready to lead his nation’s bowling attack towards an historic Cricket World Cup victory. Ahead of England’s opening match against the Netherlands the fast bowler proved his fitness with a brace of ‘five-fors’ against Pakistan and Canada.

 

Road to Mumbai…
Stuart Broad and the England team will make history if they win the World Cup final in Mumbai on April 2. It will mark an unprecedented winning streak, including the Twenty20 World Cup, The Ashes and England’s first ever Cricket World Cup victory. To achieve this remarkable run of form, England must beat the best teams in the world on the pitches of India, Sri Lanka and Bangladesh.

 

Over and out…
Even top sportsmen can have off days and Stuart will not thank us for reminding him about another time he made cricketing history. When England played India in a Twenty20 match in Durban, South Africa the Nottinghamshire man was victim to some ruthless batting from Yuvraj Singh. Singh’s six sixes in a single Stuart Broad over remains the only time this feat has happened in a game between two first-class cricketing nations.
 

 

Alternative sports…
It’s never just been all about cricket for Stuart – he also excelled at field hockey and kept goal for his county. He also knows how to kick a ball as well as throw one, and is a fan of Nottingham Forest. Stuart hopes this is the season Forest are led out of the woods and back to the Premier League from their current position in the Championship.
 

 

Dearly departed
In the build-up to Stuart’s first Ashes series, his stepmum Miche was diagnosed with progressive bulbar palsy, one of the many forms of Motor Neurone Disease. To help raise awareness of the illness, Stuart and his family have launched The Broad Appeal. As part of the fundraising operation, Stuart will be hosting a number of charity dinners.

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