Nottinghamshire v Durham, Trent Bridge, 2nd day May 26, 2014

Broad advised to give up T20


Durham 78 for 2 trail Nottinghamshire 377 by 299 runs

Stuart Broad may have to call time on his England Twenty20 career - and with it the "kudos" that goes with being captain - to give him a better chance of staying fit for Test and one-day international cricket.

The 27-year-old fast bowler is playing competitive cricket for the first time since the World Twenty20 in Bangladesh as Nottinghamshire take on Durham at Trent Bridge and bowled six overs in no obvious discomfort after suffering tendonitis in his right knee.

But Mick Newell, Nottinghamshire's director of cricket and now one of the England selectors, said that the likelihood the problem would flare up again placed a question mark over Broad's involvement in all three formats at international level.

Given his importance in England's Test and ODI attacks, managing his workload would probably mean sacrificing his place in the Twenty20 side.

"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," Newell said.

"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.

"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."

Broad needed painkillers to get through the World Twenty20 and was rested for England's current one-day series against Sri Lanka. Earlier this month, speaking at the launch of Royal London's sponsorship of English one-day cricket, Broad expressed a desire to continue in all formats but Newell believes he would accept the need to give one up to give himself a better chance of prolonging his Test career, even if it means relinquishing the captaincy.

"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."

In the shorter term, Newell expressed concern that the poor weather forecast for the remainder of the current round of matches would not help either Broad or Ben Stokes in their plans to prove themselves match-fit ahead of the Test series against Sri Lanka next month.

Broad has the current match against Durham and Nottinghamshire's next Championship fixture, against Sussex next week, to get some overs into his legs. Stokes, who is back in action in this match following his self-inflicted broken wrist, is scheduled to play also against Middlesex at Chester-le-Street. The first Test begins on 12 June.

"I was quite impressed with what Stuart did," Newell said. "He bowled a good length, the full length we talked about on this pitch and swung the ball early on to the left-handers.

"But the forecast for the next two days is poor and if he comes out of this game with only six overs it will be disappointing and there will be a need for him to bowl a lot of overs at Hove."

Newell said that the same would apply to allrounder Stokes, although in his case he simply needs to demonstrate overall fitness. Although he still has some residual pain from needing a screw inserted to help his damaged scaphoid bone knit together, his bowling mechanism is not affected.

"Ben has that bit of magic about him, he makes things happen," Newell said. "He is a real competitor, he has a bit of fight, as you could see in Australia when he took it to the Aussies and stood up for himself. Once he is fully fit, as a fourth seamer he gives England what Shane Watson gives to Australia.

"He is desperate to start playing again and the only danger is that he rushes back too soon. Durham play Middlesex next and we will be looking at how much cricket he can get in."

Matt Prior's chances of regaining his place as wicketkeeper will also depend on how much cricket he can play in this and the next round of games. There was no play at all in Sussex's match against Middlesex at the Merchant Taylors' School Ground in Northwood on day one and the question mark over Prior's Achilles tendon means that he will have to demonstrate not only that he can keep wicket without discomfort but to show no reaction afterwards.

"After what happened in the winter, the first Test against Sri Lanka is a massive game for England and you have to go into that match with people who are 100 per cent fit," Newell said. "You don't want to be worrying about injuries or managing fitness."

Newell, who was interviewed for the England coach's job, has put aside his disappointment at missing out to Peter Moores and his relishing his involvement as a selector, a role in which his willingness to share his thoughts with frankness and clarity can only be welcome.

"It is a challenging time," he said. "There are probably only four or five players who are inked in, which is interesting given the history in the last few years."

He identified the wicketkeeper's position and the debate over replacing Graeme Swann as the spinner in the side as the biggest of the immediate challenges.

"Swanny not being around is one of the biggest headaches," he said. "Are you going to pick an out-and-out spinner, in which case you go for the best spinner, or is there a balance of team to be had? If your spin bowler is a batsman of quality, such as Moeen Ali or Samit Patel, and you have an allrounder such as a Stokes or Chris Woakes or Ravi Bopara type, then the wicketkeeper could come in as low as eight.

"The 'keeper situation is massive. If you are going to have high-quality seam bowling you want to have a good man behind the pegs. There are two camps of keeper - there is the Kieswetter, Buttler, Bairstow group and there is the Foster, Read group, more the old-school wicketkeeper. I watched Foster last week and he was terrific. There will be an interesting debate there.

"What has come out of the winter is a complete rethink with five, six, seven spots up for grabs, which is a bit scary but exciting at the same time."

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  • ian on May 28, 2014, 10:43 GMT

    @SirViv1973 & CodandChips: On the w/k issue, I side with C&C. Foster has been the best keeper around for years, but the selectorial wisdom was that he wasn't enough of a batsman to merit serious consideration - and while Prior was coming in with substantial contributions at #7 and his w/keeping was also going in the right direction, there was no argument. Now there is. Prior is clearly unfit and likely to remain so for a significant perod; Davies seems to have given over the gauntlets at Surrey to focus on his batting and, while Read is a fine keeper/ bat, he's not quite in Foster's class. Buttler is a work in progress - still at least a year from Test selection, either as bat or w/k and Keiswetter is a short format specialist - with nothing special about his w/k, so far as I can see. Bairstow? See comment on Buttler. And here's my cliching point: one of the pleasures of watching Test cricket should be seeing a top class w/k at work. We've been deprived of that for too long.

  • adam on May 28, 2014, 8:54 GMT

    Completely agree with some of the comments on here. The idea that giving up T20 (a maximum of 24 balls bowled by Broad per game, and sometimes not even that) will preserve Broad's fitness to bowl perhaps as much as 180 balls on some test match days, is risible. This, coupled with Paul Downton's apparent admission, if he has been correctly reported, that the sacking of KP was in part based upon a perceived disinteredness during one cricket match (was it considered that KP may simply have been having a bad patch during the days that Downton happened to watch him?), to my eyes creates a real concern as to the present England set-up.

  • Paulo on May 28, 2014, 7:17 GMT

    @SirViv1973 You question whether we'll improve enough in the next 12 months to challenge Australia, but look how quickly they overturned their fortunes. Remember also how soon after the Moores KP saga and 50 all out in the Windies came the Ashes 2009.

    Moreover while there are a lack of clear wicket keeping options surely Foster can hold fort until they come to light.

  • Dummy4 on May 28, 2014, 4:15 GMT

    How exactly is giving up 20/20 going to help? The games are only about two hours long. Such ridiculous comments are a surprise from someone in charge of selecting England teams.

  • Ed on May 28, 2014, 2:07 GMT

    Most ENG fans have been advising Broad to give up T20 for ages - because of fitness and form - both equally poor........

  • Dean on May 27, 2014, 21:25 GMT

    @Cod&Chips, Continue, he should have been given the chance to replace Stewart in 2003. They gave Read loads of opportunities back then and he was never a strong enough batsman. A decade or so ago an ave in the high 20's was good enough for a keeper/batsman at 7 providing he was top drawer with the gloves. I think Foster would have managed that back then. However I think the game has moved on mainly due to the legacy left by Gilchrist. Keepers now have to be genuine batsman who can ave 35 plus, be able to bat at 6 if a team needs to get a 5th bowler in & still be handy with the gloves. Prior still ave over 40 despite his very lean year. Then there's Devilliers who ave nearly 50, Haddin is also over 40 & Dhoni just below.

  • Dean on May 27, 2014, 21:09 GMT

    @Cod& Chips, I can't really agree with that. Foster has bags of county experience but not much at Int level & for that reason i'm not sure he could be considered a senior player if he came in. He could be around for the next ashes and may well do a job up until then but at this stage I don't think Eng should be looking at short term fixes. Yes the ashes are important but are we really going to make enough improvement in the next 12 months to seriously be in a position to turn the aussies over? I think we need to be looking at the big picture and picking players who are going to be around for at least the next 5 or 6 yrs because I think it's going to be a while before we are genuinely able to turn things around. There is no guarantee that Prior will find his best form again & Davies has been off the boil for a couple of years now. I know there aren't that many of them but we have to be brave and look at younger options. Foster has been unlucky cont.

  • Brian on May 27, 2014, 17:29 GMT

    Between now and the next T20 World Cup in Feb 2016, England are scheduled to play 24 Tests, at least 44 ODIs and 8 T20s. Based on his career to date, if Stuart Broad played in all of the Tests and ODIs he'd bowl approx 1,200 overs. If he plays in all the T20s, he'll bowl 32. I think he'll need to miss more than just the T20s to manage his fitness!

  • Paulo on May 27, 2014, 17:24 GMT

    @SirViv1973 Surely the fact that we're trying to establish a new team would be the reason to pick Foster? He would be a calm head amongst all the inexperience. His keeping is truly magnificent and is worth any runs he can't contribute (though he is a better batsman than he is given credit for). He can hold fort while Prior recovers fitness and form, and while Davies finds form. He could certainly play in the next ashes, which is surely what we're building for. Bairstow has been a poor international cricketer with the gloves and bat. His career England stats are poor. And bar the odd innings here and there he hasn't made too many telling contributions. He should spend a couple of years at least in county cricket before being even considered to play again for England.

  • Six on May 27, 2014, 17:23 GMT

    This backward and illogical thinking needs to end once and for all in cricket. If this guy is struggling to bowl 4 overs in a day and play a 20 over game then his body clearly can't cut it at test level. He's going to have to bowl 20 overs or so a day at times in a test. The game also lasts 5 days.

    The logical thing to do if you are struggling from injuries is to retire from tests and focus on ODIs and t20s only.

    All the formats matter. England need to stop sitting on their high horse thinking tests are the only thing that matters. If anything t20 could be argued as the pinnacle in the modern era, generally speaking it draws the biggest crowds.

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