Broad ready for Freddie role
Stuart Broad is relishing the opportunity to spearhead England's attack in the absence of Andrew Flintoff.
Last Updated: 21/02/09 7:16pm
Stuart Broad is relishing the opportunity to spearhead England's attack in the absence of injured all-rounder Andrew Flintoff.
The 22-year-old Nottinghamshire paceman is England's leading wicket-taker with nine at 19.77 apiece against the Windies so far in the Caribbean.
The tourists remain 1-0 down in the series, though, after just running out of time in their draw at Antigua and now a hip injury to their star all-rounder has really put them in a bind.
Broad is determined to stand up and be counted in the fourth Test at the Kensington Oval, though, as England look to get back on level terms.
"I have taken the new ball throughout my county career and it is something I would like to do for England," he said.
"Obviously with 'Fred' out there is now a chance and it is one I would jump at.
"We have been brutally honest with ourselves; we should have won that last Test match.
"We are getting ourselves in these winning positions and not winning after such hard work in the previous days is very disheartening.
"We have got two Test matches to go and we have to win two, so our task is simple."
Broad will not feature in the two-day friendly against a Barbados Cricket Association President's XI starting on Sunday as he takes a breather.
But much has been made of his development as a fast bowler over the last 12 months and he attributes his success, which saw him claim a maiden five-wicket haul in Jamaica, down to his clear gameplan.
"You never stop developing as a bowler and I've certainly learned a lot in these last two years of international cricket," Broad said. "Before I came away I thought about not having to bowl at 87-88 miles per hour.
"I looked at the likes of Angus Fraser who just ran it back into off-stump and got a lot of wickets here.
"I came here with quite a clear plan to go at two to two-and-a-half runs per over, keep it tight and bowl straight.
"I have been pleased with how it has gone in the first couple of Test matches. Bowling on these slow pitches can improve your skills for when you get back home and hopefully a tour like this can develop me as a bowler.
"Certainly my view has always been to make sure you nail your accuracy and skills, then in time your strength will develop and pace will pick up."
Broad's county team-mate Graeme Swann will sit out the President's XI contest as well after his eight-wicket haul at the Antigua Recreation Ground and there are concerns over his elbow injury ahead of Thursday's fourth Test.