The photograph was splashed all over the front pages of the newspapers: Stuart Broad's astonished face after a brilliant catch in the slips helped him towards a remarkable spell of eight for 15 that as good as won the Ashes for England. Once more, England were playing an exciting brand of cricket and giving their fans plenty to cheer about.
Now, in Broadside, Broad explains how the side bounced back from a very disappointing World Cup to rediscover the form and passion that led them to an unexpected Ashes triumph. Only a few weeks before, there had been calls for captain Alastair Cook to step down, and for Kevin Pietersen to be recalled to the side. For Broad, too, there were battles to be fought, including recovery from a serious injury and regaining his confidence as a batsman after suffering a horrific blow to his face. After a moderate series in the Caribbean, England began to find a new approach against New Zealand, which they carried through to devastating effect to win the Ashes.
Now one of the senior figures in the squad, Broad talks about the key factors in the comeback, and the challenges and excitements in the life of an international cricketer. With revealing behind-the-scenes insight into the England set-up, Broad takes the reader into the thick of the action as the team went from the lows of World Cup disappointment to the highs of Ashes victory. Along the way, they inspired all who saw them, with their infectious enthusiasm and positive approach.
Stuart Broad made his first-class debut at the age of 19 and then played his first Test in 2007. He quickly cemented his place among the superstars of world cricket and became one of the key figures in the England set-up as they rose to become the No 1 side in the world. He has now played 98 Tests for England.
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