Nottinghamshire 377 Durham 78-2: Stuart Broad urged to give up T20 in order to prolong his Test career

 

Trent bridge

Stuart Broad is being asked to consider giving up his position as England’s Twenty20 captain to prolong his international career amid concerns over his knee problems.

After watching the 27-year-old fast bowler, who has been suffering from tendinitis in his right knee, bowl his first overs of the season for Nottinghamshire on Monday, the England selector Mick Newell admitted one of the formats might have to be sacrificed.

“Stuart is a key man for Test cricket and one-day internationals, so in terms of managing his fitness I think we are going to have to look at Twenty20,” Newell said. “The last two or three years he has picked up a lot of little things and he would want to have played more than he has.

“There is a lot of ODI cricket coming up and how you manage the workload for players like Stuart as you prepare for the 50-over World Cup next February will be looked at.”

Broad, who needed painkillers to get through the World Twenty20 this spring and was rested for England’s current one-day series against Sri Lanka, said this month he wanted to continue in all formats but Newell, who is also Nottinghamshire’s director of cricket, said he thought the player would accept giving up one, even if it means relinquishing the prestige of being an England captain.

 

“I think he will get his head around that,” Newell said. “He is ambitious, but captaincy in a longer form of the game, perhaps one-day cricket, remains a possibility.”

Broad, who has the current match against Durham and a Championship fixture against Sussex next week to prove his fitness before the first Test against Sri Lanka on 12 June at Lord’s, settled into his rhythm quickly with the new ball yesterday. Rain prevented any play after lunch, with Durham 78 for 2 in reply to Nottinghamshire’s 377. Broad did not bowl again after a wicketless six-over opening spell.

“I was quite impressed. He bowled the right length and swung the ball,” Newell said. “But the forecast for the next two days is poor and if he comes out of this game with only six overs he will need to bowl a lot at Hove.”

Newell said the same applied to all-rounder Ben Stokes, who is also making his comeback in this match after a broken wrist.

“Ben has that bit of magic, he makes things happen,” Newell said. “He is a real competitor and once he is fully fit, as a fourth seamer he gives England what Shane Watson gives to Australia. Durham play Middlesex next and we will be looking at how much cricket he can get in.

“After the winter, the first Test against Sri Lanka is a massive game for England and you have to go in with people who are 100 per cent fit.”

Voices
Barn owls are among species that could be affected
charity appeal
News
Sarah Silverman (middle) with sister Reform Rabbi Susan Silverman (right) and sister actress Laura Silverman (left) at Jerusalem's Western Wall for feminist Hanuka candle-lighting ceremony
peopleControversial comedian stages pro-equality Hanukkah lighting during a protest at Jerusalem's Wailing Wall
Arts and Entertainment
The Bach Choir has been crowned the inaugural winner of Sky Arts’ show The Great Culture Quiz
arts + ents140-year-old choir declared winner of Sky Arts' 'The Great Culture Quiz'
Sport
After another poor series in Sri Lanka, Alastair Cook claimed all players go through a lean period
cricketEoin Morgan reportedly to take over ODI captaincy
PROMOTED VIDEO
Have you tried new the Independent Digital Edition apps?
Caption competition
Caption competition
Latest stories from i100
Daily Quiz
Have you tried new the Independent Digital Edition apps?
Independent Dating
and  

By clicking 'Search' you
are agreeing to our
Terms of Use.

Career Services

Day In a Page

Homeless Veterans appeal: 'You look for someone who's an inspiration and try to be like them'

Homeless Veterans appeal

In 2010, Sgt Gary Jamieson stepped on an IED in Afghanistan and lost his legs and an arm. He reveals what, and who, helped him to make a remarkable recovery
Could cannabis oil reverse the effects of cancer?

Could cannabis oil reverse effects of cancer?

As a film following six patients receiving the controversial treatment is released, Kate Hilpern uncovers a very slippery issue
The Interview movie review: You can't see Seth Rogen and James Franco's Kim Jong Un assassination film, but you can read about it here

The Interview movie review

You can't see Seth Rogen and James Franco's Kim Jong Un assassination film, but you can read about it here
Serial mania has propelled podcasts into the cultural mainstream

How podcasts became mainstream

People have consumed gripping armchair investigation Serial with a relish typically reserved for box-set binges
Jesus Christ has become an unlikely pin-up for hipster marketing companies

Jesus Christ has become an unlikely pin-up

Kevin Lee Light, aka "Jesus", is the newest client of creative agency Mother while rival agency Anomaly has launched Sexy Jesus, depicting the Messiah in a series of Athena-style poses
Rosetta space mission voted most important scientific breakthrough of 2014

A memorable year for science – if not for mice

The most important scientific breakthroughs of 2014
Christmas cocktails to make you merry: From eggnog to Brown Betty and Rum Bumpo

Christmas cocktails to make you merry

Mulled wine is an essential seasonal treat. But now drinkers are rediscovering other traditional festive tipples. Angela Clutton raises a glass to Christmas cocktails
5 best activity trackers

Fitness technology: 5 best activity trackers

Up the ante in your regimen and change the habits of a lifetime with this wearable tech
Paul Scholes column: It's a little-known fact, but I have played one of the seven dwarves

Paul Scholes column

It's a little-known fact, but I have played one of the seven dwarves
Fifa's travelling circus once again steals limelight from real stars

Fifa's travelling circus once again steals limelight from real stars

Club World Cup kicked into the long grass by the continued farce surrounding Blatter, Garcia, Russia and Qatar
Frank Warren column: 2014 – boxing is back and winning new fans

Frank Warren: Boxing is back and winning new fans

2014 proves it's now one of sport's biggest hitters again
Jeb Bush vs Hillary Clinton: The power dynamics of the two first families

Jeb Bush vs Hillary Clinton

Karen Tumulty explores the power dynamics of the two first families
Stockholm is rivalling Silicon Valley with a hotbed of technology start-ups

Stockholm is rivalling Silicon Valley

The Swedish capital is home to two of the most popular video games in the world, as well as thousands of technology start-ups worth hundreds of millions of pounds – and it's all happened since 2009
Did Japanese workers really get their symbols mixed up and display Santa on a crucifix?

Crucified Santa: Urban myth refuses to die

The story goes that Japanese store workers created a life-size effigy of a smiling "Father Kurisumasu" attached to a facsimile of Our Lord's final instrument of torture
Jennifer Saunders and Kate Moss join David Walliams on set for TV adaptation of The Boy in the Dress

The Boy in the Dress: On set with the stars

Walliams' story about a boy who goes to school in a dress will be shown this Christmas