Stuart Broad: England ready for Ashes battle

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England all-rounder Stuart Broad is convinced that England are up for the ‘battle’ in the upcoming Ashes series against Australia.

Broad has sat out of England’s warm-up matches against Essex due to a shoulder injury, but will be fidgeting fit and fully prepared for the national team’s upcoming games against Australia in the eagerly anticipated test series that starts in July.

Speaking to the Mirror, he said: “I love the battle and I think that most of this England team rise to the occasion when it gets a bit fiery.

“That Aussie style excites me and I thrive off it.”

Australia have just announced Darren Lehmann as their new coach, after making the surprise decision to part ways with former coach Mickey Arthur, and Broad expects them to improve under his stewardship. 

He is convinced that England will be able to cope with their threat – giving particular praise to his team’s fighting spirit.

"Look at Cooky, he’s a real battler and loves facing down the quick hostile stuff, Trotty is great because if you sledge him it just makes him more determined to get runs.

"Anytime anyone says anything to Kev [Pietersen], he goes and gets a hundred. 

"If you look through our team it is full of guys who love a battle, Matt Prior couldn’t be more up for a fight if he tried.

"We’ve got a team who thrive off oppositions that come at us and we stick together. 

"If a team have a go at one of us then they are having a go at all of us and we’ll jump in straight away. 

"I’d expect the Aussies to come out very hard at us and why wouldn’t they," Broad concluded.

Broad is expected to have a big role to play for England in the upcoming series. He has played 57 tests for his country previously, averaging 24.64 with the bat and 28.04 with the ball. 


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