Eng­land star turns to Hadlee for help

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and [Burger] def­i­nitely will learn out of it.’’

North­ern Stars wing de­fence Fa’amu Ioane was con­tro­ver­sially sent off in the fi­nal quar­ter against the Mys­tics in a New Zealand do­mes­tic match last May for re­peated in­fring­ing, spend­ing the fi­nal eight min­utes on the bench and leav­ing her team with six play­ers on court.

Aus­tralia beat South Africa 62-45 in the other quad se­ries match in Liver­pool. 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.


New Zealand’s Karin Burger, right, com­petes for the ball with Eng­land’s He­len Housby dur­ing the Quad Se­ries in Liver­pool yes­ter­day. Burger was sin­binned for two min­utes af­ter be­ing judged to have de­lib­er­ately ob­structed English shooter Jo Harten af­ter be­ing warned by the um­pires for a sim­i­lar of­fence min­utes ear­lier. Burger’s send­ing off led to Sil­ver Ferns coach Noe­line Tau­rua, right, say­ing play­ing with six play­ers for two min­utes in a crunch World Cup match could prove the dif­fer­ence be­tween win­ning or los­ing.

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