It takes a lot more than natural ability to become a great international cricketer and Stuart Broad ticks just about every box.
He has natural gifts, of course, and cricket is in the blood thanks to his dad Chris, who played 25 Tests for England, but what I admire about Stuart, as well as his incredible skill, is his ‘over my dead body’ attitude. Success means a lot to him.
That attitude has made him unpopular with the opposition at times, and has even caused problems with England supporters, but he has never minded that because he will do whatever it takes to be successful.
Stuart Broad enjoys dismissing Kamrul Islam Rabbi of Bangladesh in Chittagong last month
England sometimes underperform when Broad is not playing, as they did in Dhaka
It is that feistiness, that aggression, that ‘dogf***’, as Duncan Fletcher used to call it, that I love in…