Stuart Broad

Stuart Broad © AFP

London: Oct 24, 2013

England seamer Stuart Broad was set to fly out to Australia on Wednesday for the upcoming Ashes series, having signed a new three-year deal with county side Nottinghamshire.

The 27-year-old, also a useful lower-order batsman, is centrally contracted to the England and Wales Cricket Board and, as a result, rarely turns out for the Trent Bridge-based county.

However, the new agreement means he is set to stay with Midlands side Nottinghamshire until 2016 and will be activated in full should Broad lose his place in the England squad.

Broad, who joined Nottinghamshire from neighbouring in Leicestershire in 2008, said Wednesday: “It’s been a massive year for me. It started with winning The Ashes, and ended with bringing home the Yorkshire Bank 40 trophy to Nottingham.

“I’m really looking forward to the next three years and bringing more success to Trent Bridge.”

Broad has so far taken 78 wickets for Nottinghamshire, including 15 in three matches last season, and director of cricket Mick Newell said: “Stuart is an excellent player and asset to this club.

“To have someone of his quality available to us at certain points in the season gives us an extra edge, and he was influential in securing the Yorkshire Bank 40 trophy for us at Lord’s.”

Broad took three for 29 as his side thrashed Glamorgan by 87 runs in September’s 40-over final at Lord’s.
England were due to fly from London’s Heathrow Airport later Wednesday to Australia for the defence of the Ashes starting with next month’s first Test in Brisbane.

They will be bidding to win a fourth successive Ashes series — something England last achieved in the 19th Century.

Broad, the son of former England opening batsman turned match referee Chris Broad, will head to Australia as something of a “public enemy” figure after enraging Aussie coach Darren Lehmann by his refusal to walk in the first Test of this season’s Ashes series at Trent Bridge in July.

England went on to win a nailbiting match by 14 runs, a victory that set up a 3-0 series win and former Test batsman Lehmann said he hoped Australian crowds would make life so difficult for Broad he would want to cry and go home.