Eng­land star turns to Hadlee for help

Manawatu Standard - - Sport -

Eng­land fast bowler Stuart Broad has sought ad­vice from New Zealand cricket leg­end Richard Hadlee over a makeover he hopes will ex­tend his in­ter­na­tional ca­reer.

Broad looms as a key fig­ure for Eng­land in the com­ing Ashes se­ries against Aus­tralia and there could be a Kiwi in­flu­ence to thank for that.

In a col­umn for the Mail on Sun­day, Broad re­vealed he had ap­proached Hadlee about ways to rein­vent him­self – short­en­ing his run-up, chang­ing his stride pat­tern and util­is­ing a higher re­lease po­si­tion.

There were all things Hadlee did late in his ca­reer on his way to be­ing the best test bowler in his time.

Broad re­vealed he even watched old footage of Hadlee’s eight-wicket haul at Edg­bas­ton in a 1990 test against Eng­land to get in­spi­ra­tion.

Broad con­tacted Hadlee and the right-arm bowler, renowned for his pace and rhythm as well as metic­u­lous prepa­ra­tion, gave the 32-year-old English­man a de­tailed two-page email, ex­plain­ing how and why he changed his ap­proach late in his ca­reer.

‘‘It was awe­some . . . that in par­tic­u­lar was what in­spired me to go for it,’’ Broad wrote.

‘‘He reck­ons it gave him an ex­tra six years on his ca­reer, that he be­came metic­u­lously ac­cu­rate, had such con­trol at the crease that he wouldn’t bowl a bad ball and that it gave him more bounce.

‘‘These are all the same rea­sons that I want to make a change. If it’s good enough for one of the best bowlers in his­tory, why not me?’’

Broad be­lieves a higher re­lease po­si­tion and shorter run-up can help him achieve ex­tra bounce.

‘‘This time last year I did a lot of work on my wrist po­si­tion and then took six wick­ets in the first in­nings against New Zealand in Christchurch, so I hope the changes to my run-up will have a sim­i­larly pos­i­tive ef­fect,’’ he wrote.

‘‘It seems to be go­ing well de­spite be­ing so new to me.’’

Broad has a bit of time to work on de­vel­op­ing his new tech­nique. Eng­land play three tests against the West In­dies next month. Broad now has 433 test wick­ets – two more than Hadlee who held the world record.

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