LONDON - Stuart Broad may have to call time on his England Twenty20 career and with it the "kudos" that goes with being captain to give him a better chance of staying fit for Test and one-day international cricket.
The 27-year-old fast bowler is playing competitive cricket for the first time since the World Twenty20 in Bangladesh as Nottinghamshire take on Durham at Trent Bridge and bowled six overs in no obvious discomfort after suffering tendonitis in his right knee.
But Mick Newell, Nottinghamshire's director of cricket and now one of the England selectors, said that the likelihood the problem would flare up again placed a question mark over Broad's involvement in all three formats at international level. Given his importance in England's Test and ODI attacks, managing his workload would probably mean sacrificing his place in the Twenty20 side.
"Stuart is a key man for Test cricket and one-day internationals, so in terms of managing his fitness I think we are going to have to look at Twenty20 for Stuart," Newell said. The last two or three years he has picked up a lot of little things and he would want to have played more cricket than he has.