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Stuart Broad inspired by Australian legends

Broad is ready for action. (©GettyImages)
Broad is ready for action. (©GettyImages).

Stuart Broad admits he was inspired by the example of the great and good of Australia's all conquering sides during his formative years, but is determined create Ashes history with England before the end of the year.

The 26-year-old enters into his third Ashes series in July looking to continue a unblemished series win record, before England travel Down Under for the winter in a quest to make it four triumphs in succession.

This feat has not been achieved by an England side for over a century, but Board is buoyed by the support of of the public as Alastair Cook's side look to achieve what would have appeared impossible less than a decade ago.

"You walk into a coffee shop and it's the first thing someone says to you. And if we get weather like this [Broad gestures at a stunning day], it'll be fantastic," he told The Guardian.

"There are little things the team mentions – like the fact England haven't won four back-to-back Ashes in 120 years. There's a big chance for us to make a huge amount of history."

Australia arrive this summer a far cry from the sides that used to dominate their rivals, with fewer names recognisable to England supporters than at any other time in recent Ashes memory.

2013's side will bear the brunt of an England attack coached by an Australian in David Saker and, in the case of Broad, inspired to the heights he has reached by the examples of the likes of Shane Warne and Glenn McGrath.

"Weirdly, I always picked Australian players to impersonate," Broad added.

"I'd be [Matthew] Hayden or McGrath or Warne. When you're young you're influenced by the best teams. So a lot of my favourite cricketers were Australian."

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