Broad happy to have missed out the IPL
Having decided to sit out this year’s Indian Premier League; England bowler Stuart Broad says being fresh and fit has helped him produce a number of match winning performances..
After tough tours to South Africa and Bangladesh during the winter Broad decided to have a break from cricket in preparation for the World Cup and England’s Ashes tour of Australia later in the year.
"At the time my body needed a bit of a break after a tough winter in South Africa and Bangladesh and I feel fresh,” said Broad.
"Every player involved in it (IPL) has only got good words to say. But I am pleased I had the rest this time," he added
"There was a lot of talk about whether going to the IPL would have helped me going into the tournament. And I believe, sure it would have done, it would have been fantastic to learn some more skills in different conditions.”
"We just thought that the slower the ball, with these big boundaries, the harder it would be to hit. The batsmen tell us what they've found it difficult on certain wickets.
"My personal theory was to try to bowl as slow as I possibly could and try to make the batsmen hit hard. It's a lot of practice in the nets.”
”What I try to do is mix it up with a decent-paced ball as well, because there's no point letting the batsmen get completely settled into what you're doing."