- DOB: 24th June 1986
- Place of birth: Nottingham, UK
- Club: Nottinghamshire CCC
- Height: 196cm
- International Representation: England 2006 - date
- Batting style: Left-handed
- Bowling style: Right-arm fast-medium
- Man of the Series awards:
- 21-26 May 2009 vs West Indies (ODI) England win series 2-0
- 21-22 July 2011 vs India (Test) England win series 4-0
Stuart Broad is an English cricketer from Nottingham who plays Test and One Day International cricket for England. Stuart is currently the captain of the England Twenty20 team. He is known for being one of the best all-rounders in world cricket.
Broad is a left-handed batsman and right-arm seam bowler. He started his career at Leicestershire, playing his first game for Leicestershire 2nd XI in 2004 at the age of 17. Broad impressed Director of Cricket, James Whitaker so much that that early in the 2005 season he made his first-class debut.
Following a successful spell with Leicestershire, Broad decided to join Nottinghamshire for the 2008 season. Broad’s dad, Chris a former England cricketer also used to play for Nottinghamshire.
He sealed his place among the superstars of world cricket in a breathtaking spell of bowling in the fifth and decisive Ashes Test in 2009, winning the Man of the Match award as England won by 197 runs to regain the 'Ashes' 2–1.
Is the use of sports nutrition products a recent development within cricket?
I have been made aware of sports nutrition really over the last couple of years since I became part of the England squad.
What advantages do MaxiNutrition sports nutrition products give the England Cricket team?
With professional sports today any advantage that can be gained even if it is only a small percentage is vital, this is where sports nutritional products play such a big role.
After playing they are a key part of muscle recovery, they also help muscle development as part of a weights programme.
What does your weekly training programme consist of?
It really depends on what part of the season it is, if it is pre season then we do a lot of strength and cardio work. If it is during a series then I guess it is mostly based around skills work.
How important is recovery for cricketers?
When you are playing in the conditions that we are, ie extreme heat and for five days on the run then recovery is vital to your performance day in day out. By using something like MaxiNutrition you can delay the onset of muscular soreness.
What MaxiNutrition products are used by the England cricket team and at what times are they used?
MaxiNutrition Cyclone is the one that I like to use which is a mixture of complex carbohydrates and protein.
Would you class cricket as a ‘power’ sport?
Yes definitely, especially bowling.
Do the conditioning and nutrition programmes differ from player to player?
Yes they do all differ dependant upon what skills you have, for example a quick bowler is very explosive and some of the other players are more endurance.
How important is protein to cricketers?
Protein is vital to cricketers to enable growth and repair of muscle and other body tissues.
What is the biggest challenge faced by you and your team?
Performance wise? It is definitely how to recover from a days play and get your performance high for the following day.
What type of conditioning work do the England team undertake?
In terms of myself being a bowler, I do a mixture of endurance and explosive plyometric training.
Do you think England can reclaim the Ashes?
Yes why not, I think we have a group of players that on our day will compete with any team in the world.
What has been the highlight of your career so far?
I have only had a very short career to date but one moment I did enjoy was Leicestershire 20/20 victory, it was early in my career but will stay with me.
How do you stay relaxed and focused when the pressure is on?
I don’t really have a certain way of doing this. Part of it is just the person I am that enables me to do this.
Has 20/20 cricket changed the physical demands of the game and the way you train?
The changes 20/20 has produced does make a difference to the physical side any lack of fitness can be quickly highlighted.
Who are your heroes?
I really don’t have one particular hero there are players that I really admire, but not one in particular that I have always followed.
What are your future goals?
I really just want to carry on playing for England and for my club side Notts to be successful.