Chris Broad

Country: England
Born: September 29, 1957, Knowle, Somerset
Height: 6ft 4in
Batting Style: Left hand Bat
Bowling Style: Right arm Medium
Playing role: Opening Batter

Chris Broad Bio

Brian Christopher Broad, commonly known as Chris Broad, is a legendary cricket player hailing from England. He was born on August 29, 1957, in Knowle, Bristol. Broad was a tall, left-handed opener, known for his determined and ambitious approach to the game.

Broad began his cricketing journey at his hometown club, Gloucestershire. However, his yearning for success and a lack of ambition from the club compelled him to seek greener pastures elsewhere. In 1983, he made a move to Nottinghamshire, a decision that was met with disapproval by many. However, England’s selectors viewed it differently and rewarded his bold move by instantly picking him for the national team.

Broad demonstrated his worth on the international stage in the 1986-87 Ashes series against Australia. He etched his name in the record books by matching the legendary Jack Hobbs and Wally Hammond, scoring centuries in three consecutive Ashes Tests. This impressive feat solidified his reputation as a powerful and relentless batsman.

In the subsequent year, Broad produced another remarkable performance by scoring 139 runs in the Sydney bicentenary Test. However, his outburst of frustration, where he smashed the stumps after being bowled, painted a less flattering picture of his temperament. His on-field behavior and confrontation with the umpires ultimately led to his omission from the England squad. Although cited as a loss of form by the England management, it was clear that petulance was no longer tolerated.

As Broad’s career progressed, he found solace and stability upon returning to Gloucestershire. He crafted a serene yet less impactful playing style that showcased his experience and maturity. However, his transition from an active player to a commentator for the BBC TV team was somewhat understated. Broad’s commentary skills were undoubtedly polished, displaying his deep knowledge and understanding of the game.

Unfortunately, Broad’s time as a cricket commentator came to an abrupt end when the BBC TV commentary team was disbanded. However, he found his way back into the cricketing scene as an ICC match referee. This transition from player to match referee was a classic transformation of a poacher-turned-gamekeeper.

Chris Broad’s impact on the game of cricket cannot be underestimated. His determination, ambition, and occasional gracelessness defined his career. With several notable achievements, including a record-equalling Ashes series, Broad has left a lasting legacy in the cricketing world.

Despite the ups and downs throughout his career, Broad’s contribution to the sport remains significant. It is a testament to his unwavering passion and commitment to the game. Today, he stands as a respected figure in cricket, with his playing days and commentary career firmly etched in the annals of cricketing history.

Chris Broad Career Stats

Chris Broad Batting Stats

Batting Matches Innings Nos Runs High Score Ave BF SR 100s 50s 4s 6s Ct St
Tests 25 44 2 1661 162 39.54 4387 37.86 6 6 173 1 10 0
T20Is - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
ODIs 34 34 0 1361 106 40.02 2447 55.61 1 11 81 3 10 0
FC 340 613 38 21892 227* 38.07 - - 50 105 - - 189 0
List A 319 314 15 10396 122 34.76 - - 11 68 - - 82 0
T20s - - - - - - - - - - - - - -

Chris Broad Bowling Stats

Bowling Matches Innings Balls Runs Wkts BBI BBM Ave Econ SR 4w 5w 10w
Tests 25 1 6 4 0 - - - 4 - 0 0 0
T20Is - - - - - - - - - - - - -
ODIs 34 1 6 6 0 - - - 6 - 0 0 0
FC 340 - 1631 1037 16 2/14 - 64.81 3.81 101.9 - 0 0
List A 319 - 1027 920 25 3/46 3/46 36.8 5.37 41 0 0 0
T20s - - - - - - - - - - - - -

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