Amid the COVID-19 lockdown, Stuart Broad, one of England’s top wicket-takers, has recently returned to individual training after a long break due to the ongoing global Coronavirus pandemic.
The global health crisis has taken a huge toll on the sporting world apart from the financial crisis and normal human life with pausing all cricketing activities for the last 3 months across the globe.
England is among the worst-hit nations by the outbreak of the COVID-19, but England and Wales Cricket Board (ECB) is trying their best resume cricket after suffering huge loss, as the ECB has already called it’s up to 18 bowlers for individual sessions at seven different grounds starting from Thursday across seven venues. It is being said the batsmen and wicketkeepers will train from June 1.
Well, Broad has decided to start training on his own at Trent Bridge before joining his England teammate next week, and even the veteran pacer has given a glimpse of his training on social media.
Because of the COVID-19 threat, the ECB has provided the pacers with their own set of balls and separate time slot and assigned physios, while Broad was seen rolling his arm over on a single pitch with no batsman or wicketkeeper were there.
Taking to Twitter on Friday (May 22), Broad has shared a video of his training and wrote: “Building up, another 6 overs today at 70ish %. Sorry for James Pipes squeak, he's stood behind a big net. The headband has been added to stop sweat dripping down my face so hopefully, I get out the habit of touching my face while bowling. Cricket bat and ball.”
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Broad has given more detail about his training on Instagram from taking his temperature with a digital thermometer at home before uploading the video on social media to a designated car-parking space at Trent Bridge.
The pacer and other players have to arrive in their training kit so that they can directly straight onto the pitch as part of the safety protocols, as the players are not allowed to change in the dressing room.
(With India Today Inputs)