Chris Broad      

Full name Brian Christopher Broad

Born September 29, 1957, Knowle, Somerset

Current age 56 years 338 days

Major teams England, Gloucestershire, Nottinghamshire, Orange Free State

Nickname Walter, Broodie

Batting style Left-hand bat

Bowling style Right-arm medium

Other Referee, Commentator

Height 6 ft 4 in

Education St Paul's College, Cheltenham

Relation Son - SCJ Broad

Brian Christopher Broad
Batting and fielding averages
Mat Inns NO Runs HS Ave BF SR 100 50 4s 6s Ct St
Tests 25 44 2 1661 162 39.54 4387 37.86 6 6 173 1 10 0
ODIs 34 34 0 1361 106 40.02 2447 55.61 1 11 81 3 10 0
First-class 340 613 38 21892 227* 38.07 50 105 189 0
List A 319 314 15 10396 122 34.76 11 68 82 0
Bowling averages
Mat Inns Balls Runs Wkts BBI BBM Ave Econ SR 4w 5w 10
Tests 25 1 6 4 0 - - - 4.00 - 0 0 0
ODIs 34 1 6 6 0 - - - 6.00 - 0 0 0
First-class 340 1631 1037 16 2/14 64.81 3.81 101.9 0 0
List A 319 1027 920 25 3/46 3/46 36.80 5.37 41.0 0 0 0
Career statistics
Test debut England v West Indies at Lord's, Jun 28-Jul 3, 1984 scorecard
Last Test England v Australia at Lord's, Jun 22-27, 1989 scorecard
Test statistics
ODI debut Australia v England at Perth, Jan 1, 1987 scorecard
Last ODI England v West Indies at Lord's, May 23-24, 1988 scorecard
ODI statistics
First-class span 1979-1994
List A span 1979-1994
ICC match referee statistics
Test debut New Zealand v Pakistan at Hamilton, Dec 19-23, 2003 scorecard
Last Test West Indies v New Zealand at Port of Spain, Jun 16-20, 2014 scorecard
Test matches 62
Test statistics
ODI debut New Zealand v Pakistan at Auckland, Jan 3, 2004 scorecard
Last ODI Ireland v Sri Lanka at Dublin, May 6, 2014 scorecard
ODI matches 245
ODI statistics
T20I debut South Africa v New Zealand at Johannesburg, Oct 21, 2005 scorecard
Last T20I South Africa v Australia at Centurion, Mar 14, 2014 scorecard
T20I matches 54
T20I statistics
Profile

A tall left-handed opener who batted with his bottom inelegantly stuck out towards square-leg, Chris Broad was an unusually single-minded and ambitious county cricketer. His occasional gracelessness was the flip-side of his impressive determination, and in 1983 he left his home-town club Gloucestershire for Nottinghamshire, whingeing that their unambitiousness had held him back. England rewarded this theoretically frowned-on move by picking him at once. This paid off spectacularly against the weak Australian team of 1986-87 when Broad equalled Jack Hobbs and Wally Hammond by scoring centuries in three successive Tests of an Ashes series. He scored a further 139 in the dreary Sydney bicentenary Test a year later but smashed the stumps down after being bowled. And when he was seen mouthing off after being given lbw at Lord's, he was dropped - ostensibly for loss of form, but the England management was getting increasingly tough-minded after the free-for-all of the Ian Botham era, and petulance was out of fashion: Broad only ever played two more Tests. Later, he became more serene but less effective, returning in peace to Gloucestershire and then joining the BBC TV commentary team before it was disbanded. His commentary was as well-honed as his batting, though his flair for it was less obvious. His subsequent reincarnation as an ICC match referee was a classic poacher-turned-gamekeeper situation.
Matthew Engel

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Jul 20, 2014

Sporting directors Brendon Kuruppu and Chris Broad, along with team Australia's coach Geoff Lawson at the launch, Wormsley Cricket Ground, Stokenchurch, July 20, 2014

Sporting directors Brendon Kuruppu and Chris Broad, along with team Australia's coach Geoff Lawson

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Aug 15, 2009

The All-Star England team pose for the cameras, Interlaken, August 15, 2009

The All-Star England team pose for the cameras

© AFP

Mar 4, 2009

Chris Broad talks to the media on his return home following the terrorist attack in Lahore, Manchester, March 4, 2009

Chris Broad talks to the media on his return home

© PA Photos

Tour Results
India v Australia at Margao - Oct 24, 2010
Match abandoned without a ball bowled
India v Australia at Visakhapatnam - Oct 20, 2010
India won by 5 wickets (with 7 balls remaining)
India v Australia at Kochi - Oct 17, 2010
Match abandoned without a ball bowled
India v Australia at Bangalore - Oct 9-13, 2010
India won by 7 wickets
India v Australia at Mohali - Oct 1-5, 2010
India won by 1 wicket
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