Chris BROAD - England - Test Profile 1984-89

Photo/Foto: George Herringshaw

Date: 25 May 1987

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      Right Arm Medium, Left Hand Bat
      Sunday, 29 September 1957
      Knowle, Bristol, England.
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Chris BROAD - England - Test Profile 1984-89


Chris Broad was always a man who knew his own mind. He effectively told the England selectors he should be in their thoughts when he made a very public move from Gloucs. to Notts. in 1984, saying that Test selectors would never come and look at him in Bristol. They did come to Trent Bridge and apparently agreed with Broad's own assessment of his ability. He was chosen for Mike Gatting's tour of Australia in 1985-86, to some scepticism, but he soon wiped cynical smiles from the critics faces with three Test centuries on the trot: 162 in Perth, 116 at Adelaide and 112 in the Ashes-winning innings victory at Melbourne. He was an unlikely looking Test batsman, very wooden and stiff in his left-handed stance. "He looks almost as if he is sitting on a high stool, " said former England captain Tony Lewis. "His bottom is stuck out, his back rigid but when he plays the ball he plays fluently enough, lets the ball come onto the bat, plays some very firm dabbing shots on the on side in front of square and then stretches forward to play his off-drive."


He played against Pakistan in 1987 and then got 116 in Faisalabad in the winter in the match notorious for the blow-up between skipper Gatting and Umpire Shakhoor Rana. At Christchurch later that winter he made 117 v New Zealand. Chris scored 54 and 16 in the opening match of the series against the West Indies in 1988 but he was then ridiclously dropped after scoring 0 and 1 in the next Test. Although he returned for the first two Tests against the Australians in 1989 he no doubt still felt a sense of injustice which led him to join the rebel tour of South Africa that winter. That ended his Test career with a record of 1661 runs from his 25 matches, averaging just shy of 40. He was part of England's World Cup squad in 1987, but after a few unsuccessful matches he lost his place to his Nottinghamshire partner Tim Robinson. (Bob Harragan)