Not even Stuart Broad could have imagined the sudden change in fortunes that he was about to experience ahead of the Test series against England. Struggling to cement a place in the Lions’ starting XI, Broad ended up claiming the Man-of-the-Series award with an excellent all-round show.
And the 25-year-old now revealed that a short sting with Nottinghamshire and a pep talk with County coaches helped him resurrect his career.
"After Sri Lanka, I had to work our what type of bowler I wanted to be and what was the best way to take Test wickets.
To go away and play for Notts and get a five-wicket haul pitching the ball up a week before that first Test gave me a lot of confidence," Broad said.
There at County, coach Mick Newell and Andre Adams helped him rectify his flaws.
"It was more going back into the changing room and speaking to the likes of Andre and Mick and realising what I wanted to do. It was the first time in my short career that I'd been put under a huge amount of pressure and you do start asking questions of yourself," Broad was quoted as saying by The Daily Telegraph.
"My bouncer is a dangerous weapon, but to use it as a surprise makes the fuller ball more dangerous. For the change in approach to succeed straight away at Lord's, where I picked up four wickets, really showed me the way to go for the rest of the series and the 25 wickets I took speak for themselves," the young paceman added.