August 25, 2009

THE BIGGEST HERO TO COME OUT OF NOTTINGHAM SINCE ROBIN HOOD:

Broad: a new hero takes fame in his stride: Amid the fervour, England's blue-eyed boy of the future keeps his feet on the ground (David Lloyd, 25 August 2009, Independent)

Nothing it seems, fazes Stuart Broad. Whether described as the next Andrew Flintoff, talked about as English sport's newest sex symbol or even promoted as a candidate to model fancy underwear, the only response is a knowing smile and a string of sensible words.

By taking five wickets in the space of 47 balls at The Oval, Broad changed his life. He may not fully appreciate that yet, but he will. In just a few overs of top-quality fast bowling, the 23-year-old not only put England on the road to an Ashes-clinching victory but also guaranteed that his picture would be used on front as well as back pages, in magazines and on billboards.

Not only that, but a private life that has probably never required much protecting will now need a little more guarding. "I don't think they have paparazzi in Nottingham," said Broad. If they don't, they will soon, Stuart.

Posted by Orrin Judd at August 25, 2009 8:16 AM
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