Nasser Hussain: Broad can drive England on to victory

Broad can drive England on to victory

Stuart Broad is becoming an absolutely fantastic cricketer.

I love the drive and dedication he
shows off the field, like going on a 2,000-calories-a-day diet while
England were in India so that he could prepare as thoroughly as possible
for this series after injury.

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Growing in stature: Stuart Broad hits out

Growing in stature: Stuart Broad hits out

Then he went to South Africa and got
ready to bowl and when you compare that with, say, the way Steve
Harmison once turned up in Australia unprepared to bowl the first ball
of an Ashes series, you know you are dealing with a seriously
disciplined cricketer.

I would have loved to have had Broad in my England side when I was captain.

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He doesn't endear himself to everyone
and can be a bit petulant at times but he's a real competitor and
fighter and I love that.

Look at the way he went about his batting on Friday.

Broad had licence to attack and could easily have thought: 'Well, I can have a go and nobody will blame me if I get out.'

He could have given it away easily.

Instead he got it spot on, manoeuvring the spinners around and playing some big shots to spread the field and get people away from the bat.

He's a hell of a player to have at eight.

Remember, Broad made that big century against Pakistan in the infamous match at Lord's in 2010, so he knows he can do it with the bat against this lot.

That would have given him the confidence to do it again.

Cricket is clearly very important to Broad. It's not just a job. He's a winner and if that means he has a bit of that winner's stubbornness at times, like when he bowled too short against Sri Lanka last summer, then we must accept that.

People like Sir Ian Botham, Shane Warne and Mike Atherton were stubborn, too.

You need a bit of that to succeed in this game.

This has been a great Test.

I love watching two spinners bowling in harness on a turning pitch with men around the bat. A lot of the fascinating cricket that has been played in this match is down to the pitch.

The difference between the sides is the lower-order batting and Pakistan's line-up looks fragile to me.

I fancy England to break through and go on to win this match and square the series.