Stuart Broad has committed to Nottinghamshire until 2022 at least, after signing a new two-year contract.
Broad, 33, is second behind James Anderson among England’s leading Test wicket-takers with 485 scalps to his name, and is set to play his 13th and 14th seasons at Trent Bridge, the venue where his father Chris played the majority of his career.
“Every time I step out at Trent Bridge, it feels just as special as the first time I walked onto the turf at three or four years old,” he said.
“I love Nottingham being my home, I love playing for the club, and I certainly can’t envisage myself playing for any other county.”
Broad enjoyed a fine year in Test cricket in 2019, claiming 30 Test wickets at 23 across England’s home Tests against Ireland and Australia, where he tormented David Warner with seven dismissals in the course of the Ashes. He then added a further 14 wickets at 19.42 in South Africa, more than any of his countrymen.
He will be playing in the second division next summer, following Nottinghamshire’s relegation from the top flight in 2019, but was keen to credit the club’s coaching team for their role in his success.
“One of Mooresy’s [Head Coach Peter Moores] great strengths as a coach is that he’s always looking to improve players,” Broad said.
“Him and Kunny [Performance Analyst Kunal Manek] showed me how my leave percentage was quite high, even though one of my strengths as a bowler is threatening the stumps.
“That was great information to take into the latter half of my season with Notts and into the Ashes.”
Broad, who signed for Notts from Leicestershire in 2008, enjoyed a Testimonial Year in 2019 and was instrumental in trophy successes for his county in 2010, 2013 and 2017.
His 40 red-ball appearances for the club have yielded 147 wickets at an average of 24, with 17 of them coming from seven appearances in 2019.
Responding to the contract extension, Moores highlighted the importance of Broad’s leadership qualities to a Notts squad that has undergone a period of transition in recent years.
“Whether it’s by example with the way he prepares for games and goes about his cricket, or with words of advice for his fellow players, Stuart is a brilliant leader for us,” Moores said.
“We were all really pleased for him with the way he performed in the Ashes. “He’d spent some time out of the side during the previous winter and responded in the best possible way, by working harder than ever and coming back stronger.
“Someone who can continue to do that – and to reinvent himself, in some ways, despite all his success – is a great example to everyone.
“His record for Notts when he’s with us is outstanding and – knowing Stuart – he’ll be as motivated as anyone for us to bounce back from last season by playing successful four-day cricket for the next couple of years.”