Broad is a true pro for Notts, says Newell

NOTTINGHAMSHIRE’S director of cricket Mick Newell has hailed the professionalism of Stuart Broad after he signed a new three-year contract at Trent Bridge.

Broad, 30, only tends to play a handful of matches for Nottinghamshire because of his England commitments where he has contributed to four Ashes victories, taken two Test hat-tricks and won the World T20 with England in 2009.

He joined Notts in 2008 from Leicestershire although his Trent Bridge career has been limited to 22 first-class appearances, but that does not make his dedication to the side when he does play any less according to Newell.

Newell said: “When he comes back to Notts, he shows the same intensity in how he practices and prepares as he does for England. The discipline he shows is something we want our young players to learn.

“He’s still very driven. He’s going to play for at least a few more years and his experience and skill will continue to influence matches. Whatever happens in the next few years, Stuart will go down as one of England’s great fast bowlers.

“He has performed well in all kinds of different conditions over a long period of time. He also has the ability to sense the big moments and put in match-winning performances under pressure.”

Notts are scheduled to play nine County Championship matches, and the entirety of the 2017 One-Day Cup, before England’s next action in the Test arena against South Africa in July, though Broad has been in and out of England’s white-ball set-up.

It’s the Champions Trophy this summer, to be held in England, but Broad’s last ODI appearance of his 121 came against South Africa in February.

He stars with the red ball for England though and his tally of 368 Test wickets puts him third on England’s all-time list, 99 behind frontrunner James Anderson who is four years his new ball partner’s senior.

His most memorable performance in an England shirt came on his home ground, as career-best figures of 8-15 reduced Australia to 60 all out at Trent Bridge in 2015.

Notts will be hoping that Broad, if he is left out by England, will be able to star for the county in the upcoming domestic season.

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