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Stuart Broad is confident England possess the tools to adapt their game again for the second Ashes Test at Lord's, having dispatched of Australia in the series' dramatic opening encounter.

England so very nearly missed out on victory at Trent Bridge, but Jimmy Anderson led them home as he ousted last man Brad Haddin with Australia needing only 15 runs themselves to claim a stunning triumph.

The hosts have enjoyed an impressive record at the home of Nottinghamshire over the years, but in this Ashes opener were greeted with a surface far less helpful to the seamers than they would usually be accustomed.

England, however, says Broad showed that they are able to modify their game to perform on any surface they encounter - as highlighted by Anderson's 10-158 - and is confident they can do the same on a flat track at the home of cricket.

Broad told GiveMeSport: "This team has a really good record at Trent Bridge so we were very confident when we go there and put in a good performance and, although the wicket was very different to what it usually is, we adapted and now we'll have to do the same at Lord's."

The cacophony of noise in the stands at Trent Bridge and intense action on the pitch highlighted just why the Ashes is a series so unique in cricket, and Broad says the fanatical support in Nottingham played a key role in getting England over the line.

"Huge credit has to go to Trent Bridge for how they put that Test together, and to the Trent Bridge crowd who really lifted us," he added.

"Running out after lunch on that fifth day with 20 runs needed for Australia to win and one wicket for us, the way that crowd roared just gave us a little bit extra."

 

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