English cricket May 25, 2012

Broad capable of being England's leading wicket-taker

Stuart Broad made his Test debut against Sri Lanka in 2007

Stuart Broad made his Test debut against Sri Lanka in 2007. Since then he’s matured into one of England’s best strike bowlers. Former England captain Michael Vaughan writes in the Daily Telegraph that Broad was selected because of his raw talent, a talent that could help him become England’s leading Test wicket-taker in the future.

It was a tough decision for me at the time. I picked Broad and James Anderson in place of Steve Harmison and Matthew Hoggard, two mates who had done a lot for me down the years. But it was time to move on and regenerate the team. By just observing him in the nets we knew straightaway Broad would be a top international bowler. It was not just his skill levels but his competitive nature. He had a fire in his belly that I like in a bowler. All bowlers need to have that desperation to succeed. He hates being hit for runs and it is good to see a bowler show passion even to the extent of questioning the umpire when he doesn’t give runs as leg byes.