February 22, 2009

England in West Indies 2008-09

Broad shoulders burden of being the rising son in England's attack

Jamie Alter

Growing up with a cricketing family equipped Stuart Broad with a fierce appetite to succeed, surmises Vic Marks, and Andrew Flintoff's injury has given the Nottinghamshire bowler a chance to stake a claim as a frontline bowler. Read the full interview with Broad in the Observer.


"I've had to grow up very quickly," he says. "A lot of that was down to me going to Australia for six months after I left school [Oakham School in Leicestershire]. I learned how to be a bloke. I knew no one over there, I had to meet people, play tough cricket. I had to grow up a lot quicker as an 18-year-old than most because I was out in the big wide world, living on my own.

"Sometimes I need to pinch myself and realise I am only 22, I prefer to watch a film in and chill out than go out and have a few beers, which is a bit strange for a youngster, but it's part of the job."

Cricinfo's Andrew McGlashan has also written a piece on Broad. Read more.


Jamie Alter is a senior sub-editor at ESPNcricinfo

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