Ever since the ankle injury that ruled out Flintoff for a some time, England have been searching for a new 'All - Rounder' to take his place.
Stuart Broad's talent started to shine in 2006, with Leicestershire going far in the English Twenty20 Cup. The son of former England star Chris took wickets and scored some useful runs along the way.
Shortly after, the young man was called up to the England Lions team for a 4 day game and did not disappoint. With wickets and a 50 not out against the Pakistan first team, he soon had a great reputation.
Broad since then has played Test Matches and ODIs regularly for England. With a decent bowling average in tests, standing at around 30, he has a emerged as regular first team player.
But the most interesting thing about the young lad is that he has got great promise with the bat. Some might not know that he actually started off as an opening batsmen much like his Dad.
Broad has scored decent runs in both forms of the game and just looks so comfortable with a bat in his hand. This is why I think he could be England's future number 6 all-rounder. Possibly even by the Ashes 2009.
On a final note, Staurt Broad has got a lot to do in the coming months to prove that he is capable of taking on a future role of England's next all-rounder.
I wish him all the best in the 3rd and final test match with the kiwi's and the coming series with the proteas.
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