Broad keen to keep it tight
Stuart Broad believes a simple approach to bowling has helped him become a key member of England's one-day side.
Last Updated: 17/02/08 9:31am
Stuart Broad believes a simple approach to bowling has helped him become an established member of England's one-day side.
The Nottinghamshire seamer has developed into a reliable first-change bowler for captain Paul Collingwood, as shown by his performance against New Zealand on Friday.
Broad showed his value to the team with a superb opening spell of 7-1-12-2 in the third ODI in Auckland, helping the tourists stay alive in the series with a much-needed win.
He went on to pick up a third wicket in the closing overs to move to six for the series, rewarding him for his patient approach to bowling in the limited overs arena.
"In one-day cricket, my role is to cut down the runs," Broad explained.
"I'd prefer to keep the runs down because if you can do that in one-day cricket and keep it tight, you get the wickets anyway.
"It doesn't have to be a brilliant ball because, if you're building pressure, you can often get batsmen caught at cover and things like that because they are trying things and taking risks.
"My mindset is very simple - try and keep the runs to a minimum and make them hit me for a boundary instead of me gifting them one.
"As a bowling unit, we discuss keeping it as tight as we can and that generally gets wickets."
However, Broad - who only made his international debut two years ago - has become more than just an economical seamer.
For bowlers who have taken at least 30 one-day international wickets, the 21-year-old has the best strike rate of any England player, claiming a wicket every 33.8 balls.
His figures are even more remarkable considering in his first six one-day international matches he picked up only five wickets.
"At first, I barely picked up a wicket and I wondered where one was coming from," he admitted.
"I think the more you play, the more you learn how to take wickets in different scenarios.
"I feel I'm learning when to bowl balls and when to bowl a bouncer a bit better, but it does depend on which role you're doing."
England trail the Kiwis 2-1 in the five-match series. The two teams next meet in Napier on Wednesday, a game you can see live on Sky Sports.