He was struck by injury for the first time in the 2010-11 winter, ruled out of the last three Ashes Tests before breaking down again during the World Cup. However, his significance in England's future was confirmed when he was named Twenty20 captain in May 2011. A slump in form almost cost him his Test place for the visit of India but having survived the cut he responded with a Man-of-the-Series display, including the first Test match hat-trick to be recorded at Trent Bridge, in what was viewed as a career-defining period.
Broad's form with the ball was one of the few positives as England suffered a 3-0 whitewash against Pakistan in February 2012 and he began the domestic Test season in splendid form, against the West Indies at Lord's, taking 7 for 72 in the first innings, which made him only the eighth player to earn the distinction of being on two honours boards at the home of cricket (having scored 169 against Pakistan in 2010). His four in the second innings made him the first England bowler to take 10 wickets or more in a match there since Ian Botham in 1978.
His subsequent form was less impressive, however. He failed to take a wicket in the opening Test against South Africa and, though he claimed eight in the second match of the series, there were concerns about an apparent dip in pace. He lost his place on the tour of India, after struggling with a heel injury and failing to take a wicket in either of the first two Tests but, after being fitted with specially designed boots, he showed signs of improvement in New Zealand at the start of 2013.
That was confirmed in the home series, as he ripped out 7 for 44 - his best Test figures - against New Zealand at Lord's, and he then almost single-handedly won the Durham Test against Australia with another 11-wicket haul, as England secured their third Ashes series in a row. There was six-for in the first innings at Brisbane, as England began the return tour well enough - only to end up being whitewashed for the third time in Ashes history. Broad was England's leading wicket-taker and, having been booed around the country due to his failure to walk at Trent Bridge during the English summer, was one of the few players to return home in credit.
In his early cricketing career, Broad played as an opening batsman, following the example of his father, Chris, until he suddenly shot up. Within 18 months he had transformed himself into a beanpole medium-fast bowler, gaining international recognition with the England Under-19 side and establishing himself in the Leicestershire first XI in 2005, beginning a meteoric rise that included an England A debut in only his 11th first-class match in March 2006 and a call-up to the senior one-day side five months later.
Despite being carted for six sixes in an over by Yuvraj Singh at the inaugural World Twenty20 in 2007, his stock continued to rise on tour with England in Sri Lanka when his 11 cheap wickets helped them to a 3-2 one-day series victory. He was then called up for the subsequent Test series in December, making his debut on a slab of Colombo concrete and toiling for 36 sweaty overs.
The subsequent tour of New Zealand proved to be his real chance, however. With Matthew Hoggard and Steve Harmison both lacking form, he was selected for the Wellington Test. The decision was immediately vindicated, if not with a huge match haul then certainly by the composure and control he showed. The following Test, in Napier, demonstrated his immense all-round talent. A vital 42 helped prop up England's first innings before he took 3 for 54, testing all New Zealand's batsmen with pace and bounce.
That impression continued to climb during England's home season in 2008 when no less a technical purist than Geoffrey Boycott likened his tall elegant batting style to Sir Garfield Sobers. After his first eight Tests, he had racked up three half-centuries from the pivotal No. 8 position; those early years as a batsman had not gone amiss.
Although he has struggled at times for consistency with his bowling, his unmistakable talent was out on show again against South Africa in Durban in 2009 as helped bowl England to a famous innings victory. It took him a while to revive that form, but when he did he looked a world-class performer.
Broad moved from Leicestershire to Nottinghamshire, his father's county, in 2008. His county appearances have been limited, naturally, but when available he has turned in several outstanding performances. In 14 Championship games for Nottinghamshire, he has picked up 70 wickets, including career-best figures of 8 for 52 against Warwickshire at Edgbaston in July 2010, as well as helping them to lift the 2013 YB40 trophy at Lord's - the county's first one-day silverware in 22 years.