Stuart Broad Hadlee’s record to reach fifth in the all-time list of leading Test wicket-takers with 433 scalps. @ AFP

England pacer Stuart Broad will reveal a new action inspired by watching Sir Richard Hadlee’s videos during England’s tour of West Indies which begins with the first of the three-match series on January 23 at Barbados.

Broad, who eclipsed Hadlee’s record to reach fifth in the all-time list of leading Test wicket-takers with 433 scalps, went through YouTube footage to make technical changes to his action with hopes of prolonging his career. (ALSO READ: Stuart Broad enters elite group of all-rounders)

“The idea came to me when I was at the Oval late last summer watching Jimmy Anderson bowl. He’s got quite a short, rhythmical run-up, I was at mid-on and I just thought: he looks like a Rolls Royce here. It made me think that I should try something similar,” Broad wrote in his column for the Daily Mail. (ALSO READ: England’s ‘biggest year in a generation’ starts with West Indies Test)

“Shortening my run up, making myself more compact at the crease and heightening my release position will hopefully move me on again because I’ve got aims to play at the top level for the foreseeable future. In the shorter term everything I am doing is geared towards those matches against Australia starting in August,” he explained.

Shedding more insights into his development, the 124-Test veteran added: “So I started doing loads of research and began watching YouTube footage of Sir Richard Hadlee late in his career. The ECB analyst guys then sent me loads more and away I went in a bid to copy his exact pattern from his Test match at Edgbaston in 1990.” (ALSO READ: Jason Holder confirms return for first Test versus England)

“My aim was to start straight after the India series but Jasprit Bumrah hit me with a bouncer that broke my rib and that meant I had five weeks out, delaying the process,” he further explained.

“During the process, I got in contact with Sir Richard, who played with my father, Chris, at Nottinghamshire and he sent me a detailed, two-page email in reply about why he changed and what he did. It was awesome. That, in particular, was what inspired me to go for it.”

Broad also revealed Hadlee’s tips. “He reckons it gave him an extra six years on his career, that he became meticulously accurate, had such control at the crease that he wouldn’t bowl a bad ball and that it gave him more bounce,” he wrote.

After the Test series, England and West Indies will be engaged in a five-match ODI series followed by three Twenty20 Internationals. The first of the five ODIs will begin on February 20 at Barbados, while the T20Is will begin on March 5.