Stuart Broad hopes to use the example of Jimmy Anderson for inspiration as the England bowler prepares to embark on one of the most important years in his international career to date.

England begin the Test match summer - Broad's eighth in international cricket - against New Zealand on Thursday with the 26-year-old regarded, alongside Anderson, as a senior operator in his country's bowling attack.

Following the series with New Zealand, the ICC Champions Trophy awaits before an eagerly anticipated Ashes against a new look Australia - and another to follow Down Under from November.

Throw into the mix the duties of captaining England during the summer's T20 outings, and Broad has a potentially daunting schedule as he attempts to balance responsibilities of bowling, batting and leadership.

The former, however, remains Broad's strongest suit, and one which he feels he is ready to take to the next level, and hopes his career now follows that of Anderson some five years before him.

Anderson was a dangerous yet inconsistent performer for England by the time he had reached his mid-20s, but has established himself as one of the most adept seam bowlers in the international game in the years following.

Broad's aspiration is now to develop his game in the way Anderson has progressed his over the past five summers - and knows he can still improve his displays with the new ball.

"Before the Test against New Zealand in Wellington in March, I had quite an interesting wake-up call, because that was where Jimmy and I came into the side together in March 2008," Broad said.

"Jimmy was nearly 26 when he came back into the side for that game but he told me he hadn't looked back since, and during those five years he'd developed into the bowler he is today. I sat back and thought to myself, 'I'm only 26 now' – more or less the same age as Jimmy when he was recalled to the Test team. It excited me, just seeing how Jimmy's rise had gone and thinking about how much improvement there could be in my game too.

"Jimmy's figures before he turned 26 weren't particularly special – he averaged 39 with the ball – but since then they've been phenomenal, so there is a lot of potential for me to improve over the next few years."

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