63336 LIVE celebrity answers with Stuart Broad
In our second session of live celebrity answers, 63336 was joined by England paceman Stuart Broad.
Fast bowler Stuart has just jumped to a career–high 12th in the International Cricket Council's one–day rankings. The 22 year old Nottinghamshire seamer claimed seven wickets at an average of 21 in the recent series defeat to New Zealand and is England's top bowler in the ICC rankings.
Hundreds of questions were asked by cricket and 63336 fans, and the full transcript of Stuart's answers follows below.
Stuart Broad: Hi everyone. Thanks for joining the party. I'm open to any questions you want to ask and I'll answer as honestly and truthfully as I can.
jopaul: Hi Stuart, Out of the different forms of cricket – test, 50 over & 20/20 – which do you enjoy the most and do you think that over the next few years test cricket will be overtaken by the shorter form of the game?
Stuart Broad: Test cricket is the ultimate dream and honour to play for your country. It's a test of skill and ability of a player. I'm number 638 to play for England. In players' eyes it's the ultimate and we're hoping it doesn't get overtaken.
Miriam: What wristband does Stuart wear?
Stuart Broad: I wear two wristbands. one is a TrionZ which I'm a great believer helps me recover quicker from long bowling spells through its magnetic effect. The other is a sweat band which I use as a guide for my front arm to check it's going in the direction I want it to be.
miccollinsuk: Hi Stuart. England seem in a real period of transition at the moment, with some great young players like yourself coming through. Looking forward to the ashes next year do you think you'll have a chance of beating the Aussies or could it come a bit too soon for this squad?
Stuart Broad: Yes, of course we've got a great chance of beating the aussies. They're in a period of transition as well. With the loss of Shane Warne, they've to a weakness in the spin area. It's a fascinating series. A lot can happen. It's going to be an exciting summer's cricket in 09.
monkeyhanger: Who's the most memorable wicket you've taken?
Stuart Broad: My Dad – when I was at school. He was playing for the MCC against the school first XII. I got him for LBW. A bit fortuitous, but it was all about the appeal.
Suzanne: Do you feel under more pressure to play for England because your dad did?
Stuart Broad: Not at all. I've been fortunate that my family have wanted me to do whatever I was happy doing. I haven't had pushy parents – instrumental to my progression. I've been able to do everything my way. When I became interested in cricket – playing for England is anyone's dream. So I've been very fortunate to experience international cricket at my age.
Clark West: Who was your boyhood Cricketing hero?
Stuart Broad: Glenn McGrath. He's been a model professional throughout his career. I admire his skill, he's exciting to watch and got me interested in bowling at an early age. There's no better role model for someone like me.
reilly: Hi Stuart, are you looking forward to the next test? Do you have a any cliche sporting superstitious before a big match?
Stuart Broad: The test match will be fantastic to play in. It'll be a great battle between two strong teams on form. It will be exciting to watch. I've never been a superstitious person. I like my practice and habits to be similar – bowl the same number of balls, push myself to the right level to get ready for the big game.
jenna: who are the practical jokers in the England dressing room?
Stuart Broad: Graeme Swann and Ian Bell. Both are funny boys. Ian is someone to steer clear of in the dressing room – he'll put a brick in your bag to make it heavier or cut a hole in your socks. You need to watch out for him. Graeme is more outspoken and funny – he's great in the changing room as he makes everyone laugh – you need that sort of character around. He's done far too many practical jokes to remember.
dollymixture: every girl would like to know do you have a girlfriend?
Stuart Broad: No, I'm currently single and have been since Christmas time. With the hectic travelling and lifestyle, it's pretty difficult to settle down in a relationship at my age, but I'm certainly not ruling it out.
greenbeans: hey stuart, would like to know how many different hair products you use before a match and how long does it take to do your hair.
Stuart Broad: I only use a small bit of wax before a day's play. I don't have to put too much in to keep it back. Too much, when sweating, can come out and leave hands sweaty to bowl so you have to keep hair products to a minimum – but you have to have your hair looking good for the cameras.
Roxy: Hi Stuart what is your favourite tipple?
Stuart Broad: During the season when playing and training, I have to be boring and say apple juice. When I've got a few days off, having a barbie or going out with friends, there's nothing like a nice cold Budweiser.
Miriam: Do you have a favourite bowling partner that you like to "hunt in pairs" with?
Stuart Broad: Yes. Assuming you mean cricket – I'm lucky enough in the side to have a great unit to bowl with – Ryan Sidebottom, Monty and Jimmy are dangerous bowlers. It's key as a bowling unit to bowl well together and keep the pressure on all the time. That makes a successful unit. So I particularly enjoy bowling in this unit at the moment as we partner each other at different stages to create pressure and take wickets.
Suzanne: Do you practice cricket techniques i.e. bowling and batting every day?
Stuart Broad: No, not every day. It's very important to rest and make sure you're physically and mentally fresh. You learn more when fresh. Leading up to a test like next week, we'll start on Monday and practice throughout the week very specific skills that we'll need against certain opponents. You can't bowl every day of your life – it's quite brutal on your body. You have to balance the technical work with the rest. It's something I work very hard on and when practice time comes it's key to make full use of it.
tom20/20: How fast do you hope to bowl?
Stuart Broad: I've reached a goal in the past of touching the 90 mph barrier. I've got a bit of strength work to go as I'm only 22, so I should be able to add a few extra miles per hour on. No matter how quick you bowl, it's the place where you bowl it – the area on the pitch... Whether you bowl 85 or 95mph, you've got to put the ball where it will trouble the batsman. So quick, but without compromising accuracy.
monkeyhanger: What's the best bit of advice someone's ever given you?
Stuart Broad: It came from my mum, when i was 14 or 15. I remind myself of it every day. Make sure you put your heart and soul into whatever you do. When you do this, results and performance come with it. Play and do everything with a smile on your face.
TENN: It must be difficult living out of a suitcase all the time. Does your mum still do your washing?
Stuart Broad: No. She lives a bit far away from me. I live in Nottingham and have a useful launderette round the corner that gets bags from me when I finish games.
Miriam: Hi Stuart, would you class yourself as an all–rounder at the moment?
Stuart Broad: No, I wouldn't. I'm certainly in the side to take wickets as a bowler. My batting is a useful string to my bow. Delighted to have the number 8 spot at the moment. A lot of hard work still to come on the batting and I need to keep developing. But I think my bowling will always be stronger. If I can become a useful number 8 for England – that's an aim of mine.
Moreton: Hey Stuart...what do you usually do to celebrate after a big match?
Stuart Broad: I've always believed it's important to stay together as a team and enjoy each other's success. This England team's fantastic. If we win, we stay together in the changing room, have a couple of beers and chat over everything. The best way to celebrate is together as a team, and it's fantastic culture of the England side at the moment.
TENN: Who is your closest friend in the England team?
Stuart Broad: I get on with everyone very well. My closest friend is Luke Wright from Sussex. I met him at my first year at the National Academy at 19. Lived with him in South Africa. We get on very well and yes, he's my closest friend. But I get on well with everyone.
han: What's your favourite food of all time?
Stuart Broad: Sunday roast – beef and Yorkshires. I also love lasagne – difficult to choose between the two, but there's nothing like having Sunday off, a massive roast, then not moving from the couch for the rest of the day.
cassie: When you are not playing cricket, what do you like to do with your spare time?
Stuart Broad: During the season – the international season is now 12 months, so there's not spare time. It's busy, hectic. So I tend to put my feet up and rest. It's nice to go home and see family and friends – I try to catch up with people. If I get a spare day, I find myself on the golf course, or do a bit of shopping. But we don't have a lot of time to kill.
miccollinsuk: As a bowler, what was your opinion on Kevin Pietersens infamous switch hit?
Stuart Broad: It was breathtaking. Not many people can do that and he's very talented. It took a lot of time and practice in the net. It would have been a shock if he'd tried it with a quicker bowler. If he'd done it with me, I'd have bowled him a bouncer or two, that's for sure.
TENN: What type of music do you listen to & what is your favourite band?
Stuart Broad: My music changes with my moods. I like driving to R–B, I like dance before going out onto the field to play. I like a bit of old school cheese. I'm quite varied in what I like and won't turn my nose up at anything. My favourite artist music–wise is Timberland, Justin Timberlake and Westlife.
Shelf: How are you coping with your new found fame?
Stuart Broad: It's a privilege to get recognised in places and have people ask for autographs. I enjoy it. It was a strange experience at M&S at the till –a family came over wanting a picture. But it's something I'll never refuse. I take my time signing autographs – I was a kid not long ago, queuing for autographs and I remember the disappointment of not getting one. So it's an honour and I enjoy it.
Jay G: According to Vaughany you are the "lovey–dovey" in the team. Do u agree?
Stuart Broad: I'm intrigued to know what he means by that. He gives me stick. You have to put up with that sort of thing as the youngest person in the squad. I'll get a few more test matches under my belt and then I'll be able to give the stick back. Meanwhile, he's piping up a bit, Vaughany, isn't he?
han: Do the team tease you a lot then? and what about?
Stuart Broad: It's a great environment to play in. Everyone gets some stick. I tend to get abuse for my hair, being a bit longer. I tend to get the mick taken out of me for looking like I should be in a boy band. I just nod. I'm used to it. But it's not just me – everyone gets it.
miccollinsuk: How much did being hit for six sixes knock your confidence?
Stuart Broad: It didn't at all actually. I've always been the sort of person who doesn't get too high or too low. It was instilled in me at a young age and has stood me in good stead. I've come on a lot since that experience, so it probably did me a bit of good.
BAAAAAAADAAS: What advice would you give to young cricketers, eager to get to your level?
Stuart Broad: Keep it simple. Enjoy your sport. Play for the level of the game. Cricket is still a hobby for me – I enjoy a Saturday game, a test... Just let your natural ability and hard work take you where you want to be.
littleclaire100: What has been you most memorable/favourite match?
Stuart Broad: I've been lucky enough to hit the winning run in 3 one–day internationals. My best match would be Old Trafford against India last summer. I picked up my best bowling – 4 for 50. Got the team out of trouble – we were 100 for 7 and I managed to win the game with 45 not out. So that was most pleasing and memorable – both personally and for the team. And delighted to get the man of the match award.
Christina: You're on top form at the moment, a true inspiration to watch! I've travelled many miles to see you play (6 matches this year) and looking forward to seeing you in Durham in August how do I go about getting your autograph whilst up there? send a kiss back too it will make my year x
Stuart Broad: I'll send you one. Thank you for the miles you've travelled x
chips: which sportsmen throughout history do you admire most?
Stuart Broad: Being involved in cricket – I've got to admire former cricket greats. Outside of cricket – Martin Johnstone (rugby) – I've played a few charity games with him. He's such a fantastic character – you can see how he inspired England to win. I admire how he went about his business and to be such a fantastic bloke on top makes it a lot better.
Miriam: I have a batting question: when batting, which bowler have you found most difficult to face, to date?
Stuart Broad: The hardest is Shoiab Akhtar. It was my first ball in international cricket. To stand at the crease and look up – the bloke with the longest run up in cricket – the world record fastest bowler... It was quite a welcome to international cricket. It was a huge challenge.
Buffo: Does the team receive special nutrition?
Stuart Broad: Yes. The support staff are fantastic around England. We have people for every need, including nutrition and diet. It's an important part of the game. It varies for different players' needs. The advice I get is to eat as much as I can – I'm tall and thin – so I eat as much as I can and a few of the lads are quite jealous as I tuck into a second plate and they have to stop at one.
chips: what is the secret to good bowling?
Stuart Broad: I'd say bowling is a mental task. Most people who play cricket can bowl the ball down the other end, but not particularly know where it's going. The key to a good ball is the mentality – to know where you're going to bowl it, focus on that, then deliver it.
miccollinsuk: Do you think that KP is a bit 'bling' for cricket?
Stuart Broad: No. He's fantastic to have in the side. He does have bright dress sense and loves diamond encrusted shirts and caps. But he's great to have around and great for cricket. Youngsters want to be like him. He's an individual and a bit different, which probably helps him to becoming one of the world's best batsman.
rach1985: Do you get in ice cold baths for post match recovery like the rugby players?
Stuart Broad: Yes, we do. We have to. It's not an option. Straight in, take your whites off, 5 mins in the ice bath. It's the hardest 5 mins of the day. It tends to be a wheelie bin filled with ice. It's not too bad up to your waist, but further.... You never get used to it. But if it adds a few years on to the end of my career and I get fewer injuries then I'm willing to do it.
Kelly–xo: Even though you have only played a couple of matches for Nottsdo you enjoy playing for them? And do you like living in Nottingham?
Stuart Broad: Yes. Nottinghamshire is a fantastic county. The management and players are fantastic. I'm very lucky to have the opportunity to play with the likes of Mark and Chris Reed. As for the place... It's got a lot going for it. Lots of great restaurants, easy to get around. I've settled in well.
digs83: Did you always know you wanted to be a cricketer?
Stuart Broad: No, not really. I played as a hobby and I enjoyed it. But it was difficult to know if was going to be good enough. But through enjoying it, developing skills (quite late – never excelled until 17 or 18)... It's now a dream come true. I did dream of it when younger, and am grateful for the opportunity.
nikerosoft: Did you enjoy your recent nude photoshoot for cosmo?
Stuart Broad: I don't know if enjoy is the right word for it. It was certainly an experience. When the phone call came through asking to do a photoshoot for charity, there's only one answer really. I got nervous at the time. When I arrived at the shoot, seeing 8 to 10 girls pottering round the room was a bit of a shock. It was great to have the others there to have a banter and a laugh. Yes – an experience is what it was. I can't say much else. But I would do it again for charity.
Swallow: Do you have a favourite batsman to play against?
Stuart Broad: It's always good to test yourself against the best in the world. Ricky Ponting, for example. You get to see where you're at as a bowler. Your ultimate aim is to get them out, and the best make that job more of a challenge.
chips: if you could take your hand to any other sport than cricket, which would it be?
Stuart Broad: I enjoyed hockey when younger. Played at regional level until 16 or 17. So I'll be following the Olympics with interest and the GB hockey team. Golf is a nice way to earn a living – travelling the world, being on nice golf courses. But, to be honest, I wouldn't change cricket for anything.
TENN: Are you worried by Simon Jones return to form/health?
Stuart Broad: No, worried isn't the word. I'm excited. He's world class. As an English fan, you want to see the best players return to fitness and form, and we want the strongest English team out there to become number one in the world. He's got a great record. If he's bowling well, he adds strength and depth to English cricket.
digs83: Do you like football if so what team do you support?
Stuart Broad: Yes. I'm a Notts Forest fan. So I'm delighted they've got promoted and are back. I don't get to see them as much as I'd like as we're away during the winter, but I take every opportunity I can to do so.
supergirl: do you get stalked a lot?
Stuart Broad: No, I don't think so. Not that I know of. I get a bit of fan mail from different people, sending me postcards from holiday and stuff. But not stalking, no. It's still strange to get people telling me what they've done on holiday when I don't know them.
cassie: The incident at the oval in the ODI against new zealand got a lot of hype – what was your reaction to it being on the pitch at the time?
Stuart Broad: It was difficult for me to see the incident as I was fielding at 3rd man, a long way from the bat. I couldn't really see the lines they took to collide. The disappointing thing about the whole incident is that the next day it took over from what was a fantastic game of cricket in the media. The press should have been about cricket.
han: did you enjoy your 22nd?
Stuart Broad: I couldn't go out celebrating because my birthday lands in the middle of the season, but a few of us went round London, went for a Mexican... Being away, it was strange not seeing any of my family, but I caught up with them a few days later. I can't see myself throwing any wild birthday parties in the future, because of where my birthday lands in the season.
pommie: Any predictions for the series against South Africa?
Stuart Broad: I predict it will be a hard contest and an exciting series. It's difficult to predict the score. The first test at Lords is essential for the side to get momentum. We've won 4 out of the last 5, so we're going in with confidence and just must make an impact from the off.
TENN: There are fan sites on Facebook for you, do you ever look at them to see what people are saying?
Stuart Broad: No. I've never really looked at them. I don't know whether they'd do me harm or good! I don't use facebook myself a huge amount, but do to stay in touch with friends when I'm away. It's lovely that people set up sites and support me though.
Miriam: Is there a type of pitch that would suit you but not Dale Steyn? (and if so, I hope we get one this summer).
Stuart Broad: We can only look at the pitches we'll be playing on against SA. I'm a bit taller, so I'll be looking for pitches that bounce more – like The Oval. It will be an interesting battle – both have done well in the past 3 or 4 months. So it'll be intriguing. Steyn's been great over the last year – he's number one or two in the world, but hopefully we'll come out on top.
TENN: Who your ideal woman?
Stuart Broad: Sienna Miller – lookswise. Don't know her as a person. My favourite film is Layercake and she's very attractive in that.
Buffo: How long were you in S. A. and why did you go there?
Stuart Broad: I was there for 3 months, just working on fitness when I was younger. It's a lot easier to train when the sun's shining every morning on the beach, in the sea... better than the dark and cold in England. So it was a beneficial experience.
pommie: what about melbourne?
Stuart Broad: Yes, I spent 6 months there playing and training when I left school. It's a fantastic place. Thoroughly enjoyed it and wouldn't hesitate to go back if the opportunity arose.
Paul: Has your dad every umpired against you in a match?
Stuart Broad: No, he hasn't. He's not the sort of bloke who would enjoy standing out there all day umpiring. He's much happier refereeing in the box. On the international circuit, he's not allowed to do England games, so it won't come up, luckily.
cassie: During a series of matches against visiting countries, like New Zealand and South Africa coming up, do the two teams socialise much together or is it very much separate camps?
Stuart Broad: We stay in different hotels. So we only tend to see each other at the grounds, during lunchtime.So no, there's not a huge amount of socialising between the sides. But everyone talks at the grounds – there's no ill feeling. After a series, we may get together over a beer to chat about how it's all gone.
Buffo: Did you find pitch conditions in the southern hemisphere very different?
Stuart Broad: Yes. Conditions around the world are different in every country. It tends to swing more in England. The subcontinent is spinner friendly, and Australia suits fast bowlers. Your skills are constantly tested around the world, which helps you develop as a player.
Miriam: Have you ever played a practical joke back at Ian Bell, like nicking his hair straighteners?
Stuart Broad: No. He's very protective of his hair straighteners. You can't get near them. His time will come – I'll be lining something up, but I can't give my secrets away live online.
TENN: What questions do you prefer? Cricket ones or the personal ones?
Stuart Broad: Cricket. They're good to answer as it's interesting to hear what fans are interested in in relation to my job. So it's good to give answers about my cricket experiences and techniques that have got me to where I am.
63336: Thanks Stuart, that's all for now folks.
Stuart Broad: Thanks very much everyone. It's been great.