Stuart Broad was once part of Australia’s Grade cricket competition during his formative years. The conditions are testing and to pass the stern test Down Under is an arduous task.
The likes of Joe Root, Kevin Pietersen, Broad, Ian Bell and captain Alastair Cook are a few who have passed the test with flying colours. This is a lesser known fact that some of the English cricket’s big names were once upon a time honing their skills in the Australian Grade System reported express.co.uk.
President of Hopper’s Crossing Cricket Club in Melbourne, Steve McArthur recalled the time when Broad was part of their club who had come from the Oakman School. “He was only 18 and was fairly timid. That’s probably the best way of describing him,” said McArthur.
The fact that Stuart was the son of Chris Broad, who had played a pivotal role in England’s Ashes win in 1986/87, made his peers a bit more vigourous. Stuart got used to all this and became a mentally tough cricketer.
Broad felt that playing such matches was akin to a fight. It developed the fighting spirit in him. Currently Broad is the villain in Australia as he refused to walk after edging the ball to the first slip that went via ‘keeper Brad Haddin’s gloves. McArthur added: “From an Australian perspective we can probably take credit for the way he plays and there was certainly no ill feeling in our club towards him after what happened [when Broad failed to walk in the First Test at Trent Bridge].”