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Callum Godde
While his father was a batsman, English cricketer Stuart Broad developed into an elite pace bowler

Today's Birthday, June 24: English cricketer Stuart Broad (1986 - )

Australian cricket's arch-nemesis Stuart Broad has shaken off conflict-of-interest concerns should his father be named match referee for England Tests this northern summer.

With the ICC opting to use home officials to limit travel in the post-coronavirus landscape, Chris Broad may get the nod as the only English match referee on its seven-man international panel.

His son has played down the potential for any unfair advantage, arguing he has rarely interacted with the match referee in his 138-Test career unless "in trouble".

"There is no emotion in a match referee's job," Broad wrote in his Daily Mail column in May. "And there is likely to be no contact between us ... there's no haggling over the punishment."

Born in Nottingham in 1986, Broad has cricket in his blood as the son of former English player Chris.

Unlike his batsman father, Stuart has used his 196cm frame to develop into a fearsome fast bowler.

But it wasn't until a growth spurt in his teens that he started to consider becoming a paceman.

Broad made his first-class debut for Leicestershire in 2005 and arrived on the international scene soon after, making his first appearance for England in a Twenty20 clash with Pakistan in 2006.

Although a decorated limited-overs performer, Broad has shone brightest in the cauldron of Test cricket.

His first-innings spell in the fifth Ashes Test at The Oval in 2009 carried England to a famous 2-1 series victory and announced him as a star of the future.

The blond-haired speed demon delivered on that prophecy, forming a dynamic new-ball tandem with swing bowler James Anderson for the past decade.

Never one to shy away from the drama of the big stage, Broad was cast as a pantomime villain in Australian eyes when he refused to walk despite clearly edging a ball in a 2013 Ashes Test.

Unsurprisingly he has continued to be a thorn in the old enemy's side, with 118 of his 485 Test wickets coming against Australia.