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Last Updated: Thursday, 24 August 2006, 11:18 GMT 12:18 UK
The making of Stuart Broad
Stuart Broad's meteoric progress continues after being brought into England's squad for the one-day series against Pakistan.

Stuart Broad
Broad has been compared with Australia star Glenn McGrath

The 6ft 7ins Leicestershire paceman has earned rave reviews for a series of impressive performances this season, inspiring the Foxes to Twenty20 Cup glory.

If the 20-year-old faces the tourists next week, it will be the next step on a career path which started at Oakham School and has taken in appearances for England's U-19 and A teams.

BBC Sport spoke to him and father Chris, who played 25 Tests for England as an opening batsman, about his journey towards becoming an international cricketer.

EARLY PROMISE

Chris Broad
He had two fantastic coaches at Oakham School in (former England players) Frank Hayes and David Steele.

I faced him in his last two years at Oakham in a match between fathers and the boys.

In the second year I decided he'd got too good for me then - that was three years ago so I'm glad I don't have to face him now!


Stuart Broad
Frank and David taught us as youngsters to enjoy the game, express yourself and have flair when you play.

They were instrumental in making me step up a level.

PARENTAL GUIDANCE

Chris Broad
He still comes round and lounges on the sofa, watches TV and has a laugh and joke with me and my wife.

I try to let him do his own thing. We talk cricket but I've tried to stay out of being too specific.

Now he's reached the international stage I should have a quiet word with him but I don't think he needs the advice.


Stuart Broad
He's helped me more mentally, just telling me to enjoy the game whenever I can and keep my passion for the game as high as possible.

I've never done technical work with him but he's been great just to chat to about cricket and learn off.

GROWING PAINS

Chris Broad
Clearly there are a lot of stress fractures about and you have to be careful but he's under the guidance of the ECB and hopefully he will get through without too many problems.

He's been handled extremely well at Leicestershire - I have to take my hat off to the guys behind the scenes there.

They are clearly not bowling him into the ground, they are looking after him fantastically well and he's repaying them with his performances on the field.

I remember facing Joel Garner and Curtly Ambrose and they were a handful, so he will be looking for a similar reward with the extra bounce he will be getting.


Stuart Broad
It's a big year for me physically because I'm still growing slightly.

Last year I remember playing for England Under-19s and bowling 77/78mph.

I was put through a rigorous programme at the England Academy and that got me a lot stronger. This year I'm bowling in the mid-80s.

Every bowler in international cricket wants to hit the 90mph mark but I have to get a lot stronger and hopefully I will be able to do that in the near future.

(Leicestershire coach) Tim Boon didn't want to bowl me out and make me tired so I've rested when I've needed to.

I have played in every Championship game bar the one when I was with England A so I've got through those and the Twenty20 season.

I'm feeling strong, fit and fresh. Tim Boon has handled that brilliantly.

READY FOR THE TOP

Chris Broad
He's had an exceptional season and 24 months since making his debut last season.

I'm struggling to believe how well he's done in that short space of time.

It hasn't fazed him at all and he loves being in the spotlight. He loves big occasions.

I just hope he gets an opportunity to play and England haven't just drafted him in for experience. Everything he seems to be doing he takes to like a duck to water.

Even though he's only 20 and he's only played two years of first-class cricket I think he's ready for the next step.

Whether he takes it in his stride remains to be seen but he's certainly confident enough and bowling well at this stage.


Stuart Broad
Every county cricketer and young kid's dream is to play for England. I have dreamt about it all my life.

My Championship form has been good, I've felt as if I'm bowling nicely and Twenty20 Cup finals day was a great experience.

There were big crowds and a lot of media there so I feel nicely prepared for England after that and I will just go out to enjoy it.

I will just go out and bowl normally, treat it as if it's any other game - like I do with Leicestershire - look to enjoy it and let the performances take care of themselves.


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