Stuart Broad Quotes.
International cricket and Test cricket in particular is hard and you are going to get injuries but, if you’ve got a strong pool of players to pick from who can all come in and do a job, well that can only be a good thing for English cricket.
When you are performing at the top level you don’t get many chances to go back to basics as you are in elite performance mode. It’s hard to break your technique or action down when it always needs to be at a match intensity.
I love winning, I love playing to win. You need some of that to be a bowler. You need to have a hatred for the batsman to make sure you have that real fire to perform.
I’ve always had an interest in the media, I love cricket, so why wouldn’t I want to be around it?
When you’re young you’re influenced by the best teams. So a lot of my favourite cricketers were Australian.
I think that the older I get, the more I play, you realise when it’s your time.
I’m not someone who looks to swing the ball away majorly.
I know I’m a better bowler and create more chances if I get a batsman indecisive in defence.
It’s just important to try to keep a cool head and stay logical rather than emotional. But then again you have to keep that balance between not becoming too logical because you need to have that passion in order to play to 100% in the game.
Everyone knows I’ve got a pretty passionate outlook on my cricket – and sometimes it does get the better of me.
My favourite commentators are the ones that don’t need to hear the sound of their own voice the whole time.
When I glare, I don’t see it as aggression. I have just got such passion to get wickets. I don’t ever say anything, I just have a look and see if I can get their mind concentrating on other things and get them outside their bubble. I like to get them switched on, have a look and get in a bit of a battle.
Playing for England is the most important thing in my life.
I am one of these characters who seems to thrive off a little bit of niggle, a little bit of pressure.
Marcus Trescothick. No question. I hate bowling to him. I pitch it up, he drives me through the covers. I bowl back of a length, he runs me down to third-man. I go short, and he lifts me over the keeper or pulls me for four.
Our training schedule can change quite a bit throughout the year – if you’re going into quite a heavy Test match workload a lot of it’s based on recovery and a lot of aerobic work is done in that period.
I might be six foot six but that doesn’t mean I can play a Steve Harmison role and bounce people out.
Playing for your country may seem like a massive thing, but you can build it into something it’s not and put yourself under pressure from what the media say, but at the end of the day it’s not life and death.
When two players are playing with passion for their country, that’s good to see.
Without the players, there’s no game.
I am more aggressive than others, being a sportsman.
I love taking the new ball, but you’ve got to earn that right.
As a player you get asked to do different roles within the side.
If someone wants to try to hit a spinner over mid-on, with the ball turning away from the blade, there is a chance of taking a wicket.
That’s one of the good things about cricket, the friendships around the game.
I don’t want to lose any of that passion for the game; as a bowler I need to have that real desire to get the batsman out and be in their face and be aggressive.
It is important as a bowler that you always need to have a presence. If you lose that you lose quite a bit, a big part of your armoury. It comes naturally with me, and at times it is a huge advantage. I don’t want to lose it. I want to keep getting wickets.
I have watched games at the Gabba since I was a youngster, staying up for the first 10 minutes until I fell asleep.
The more you can keep your action and your mind and the ball you are delivering as simple as you can nothing can go wrong.
Part and parcel of being an international sportsman is dealing with fair or unfair criticism and also when you are on the back pages when you are performing.
The history of Test cricket will suggest if you hold the top of off longer than anyone else you will have success, in England particularly it’s about owning the top of off.
I’m just very passionate to win games for my country – and sometimes when things don’t go my way, I’ll get a little bit narky.
In Twenty20 the less fear you play with the better you’re going to do.
The best player I’ve played with would be Graeme Swann, just because he’s proved that regular finger-spinners can take wickets in international cricket for England.
As soon as you come into the England team, the ICC get hold of you; you’re put through this video, which is very watchable, very clear – it takes you back to when you were five or six, that’s how clear it is. It outlines everything you’re not allowed to do, everything you are allowed to do.
I really like watches and have about eight.
I play cricket for the competitive side of it.
People say I inherited my feisty attitude on the cricket pitch from my dad, but he and I might disagree. The most useful trait I’ve inherited from my mother is to make sure that I’m always organised.
You have to have a part of you like that as a bowler – that fire in you to keep going.
Within the changing room, everyone has always known I’m best when I pitch the ball up and get a little bit of movement.
I’d rather be the guy you can turn to in a high-pressure scenario than a dead rubber.
There are always distractions in international cricket because that’s part of being an international sportsman.
I’ve always targeted that number eight spot.
I have a dream of playing 100 Tests.
I’m aware how special an achievement 100 caps is because of the players that have come before me and the amount they’ve given to English cricket.
When I was a youngster my grandparents took me sightseeing and we went on the London Eye.
I need to keep moving my game forward, because Test batsmen will keep moving their games forward.
My life changed forever the first time I went to the southern hemisphere.
I turned out to be a very good cement-mixer.
I try to look for tempo in my run-up to make sure my knees are lifting up instead of going long. That brings an energy to my run-up, try and make myself feel as tall as I can.
Paul Nixon taught me to break a run chase down into little targets. I suppose I stole his cues and took them into my own game.
I found Ricky Ponting the hardest to bowl to and it was a great pleasure to play against him as he was genuinely one of the best that’s ever played and a really tough competitor as well. He hated you when you were on the field but he always shook your hand and was the epitome of ‘play hard but play fair.’
My role changes quite a lot, but ultimately I’ve always admired Glenn McGrath.
I want to be known for my cricketing ability.
I’ll play as long as that competitive spirit and drive is there because that’s what gets me up in the morning, that feeling of having a batsman drive at you, play and miss, the sort of theatre around that sort of stuff.
When I watch sport I like to see the likes of Wayne Rooney when they show a bit of passion. It shows they really care when they’re playing for their club and their country.
We weren’t wealthy but we weren’t poor either. My mum was a teacher and my dad, Chris, was an England international cricketer. We were always taught respect when it came to money, and that stands me in good stead now. I’ve always respected my parents, and still look to them for advice when I need it.
I always loved bowling.
It’s quite strange, because off the field I’m quite shy, quiet, prefer to watch a bit of TV at home, but get me on the cricket field I like it all kicking off.
I know the International Cricket Council are very strict about what you are allowed to do and what looks good on TV, but you can’t let that take away from your natural game.
You have got to try to make the batsman feel a bit uncomfortable to get him out.
My father was a great mentor to me and is someone I admire and look up to. However, it was my mum who was more of a driving force when it came to me and cricket – she constantly encouraged me to always remember to have fun when playing. And Mum was the one who took me round the grounds at the beginning of my career.
It is a proud moment to lead England out any time you do and on a world stage it gives it an extra oomph as well but it will be down there with the biggest lows if we don’t win.
A large part of my childhood was spent holding a cricket bat. The first time I picked one up was in the garden aged about six, and I’ve never really put the bat down since.
Shaun Pollock is actually the best role model for me as a very good attritional bowler.
It is certainly not how I’ve been brought up and it’s not in my blood to play cricket in that safety-first way.
As a bowler I think I am more wicket-based than some.
You have to deal with your emotions and not spike too much on the graph – not get too elated with the highs or too down with the lows.
I don’t think you can let comments affect you too much as then you are not doing your job properly.
My earliest memories were in the back of my grandad’s car listening to Test Match Special.