Stuart Broad: England out for revenge against Sri Lanka

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Stuart Broad has warned Sri Lanka that England are on a revenge mission this summer to right the wrongs of 2014.

England begin the three-match Investec Test series at Headingley next Thursday, knowing the last match played against Sri Lanka there ended in heartbreak and defeat.

James Anderson was unable to hold back the tears on that occasion two years ago after it was his wicket, which fell after 20 overs of resistance and with just two balls left to play, gave Sri Lanka a surprise 1-0 series win.

Along with Pakistan, who England also play later this summer, it means Sri Lanka are the only Test side to have won their most recent series against Alastair Cook's team, and Broad is determined to make things right.

"There is a bit of revenge to be had," Broad said.

"It's a great motivation for us as a team that we have seven out of nine Test match trophies but Sri Lanka and Pakistan are the two we don't have.

"I played in the Test matches at the start of 2014 and that was a tough time to play. It was quite an emotional series, it really hurt us as a team to lose in our own conditions.

"We know when we play Sri Lanka they play with a lot of pride and passion, they're always in the battle and they beat us in that battle last time."

England have named their 12-man squad for the series, which included debut Test call-ups for Hampshire batsman James Vince and Nottinghamshire seamer Jake Ball.

Ball has taken 19 wickets already for his county this summer and while he may give way to the more experienced Steven Finn in next week's opener, Broad is in no doubt of the 25-year-old's talent.

"Jake is a player I've seen a lot of in the last three or four years, he's developed so quickly in the last 18 months," Broad said of his county colleague.

"He's tall, he's got good pace. He's a guy that takes big wickets. He gets top order batsmen out. I know he's delighted with the call-up and it's reward for good county season form.

"He played in the County Championship last week and was the best bowler on show. It's a good sign when players perform well on TV against good players. The selectors have done well to pick a guy in form."

While Ball and Vince will be looking to make good first impressions, there will be pressure too on Nick Compton, who has retained his place despite some patchy recent form.

The number three has managed only 100 runs in six innings for Middlesex but has been rewarded for helping England to their impressive winter series win over South Africa.

Joe Root said on Thursday Compton would prove the doubters wrong and his county team-mate Steven Finn agrees it was right to keep faith.

"I think Compo as a guy is a lot more level than the last time he was in the England team," Finn said.

"As a team-mate of his I haven't seen a dip in him over the last few weeks even though there has been a bit of speculation.

"He batted at three in a successful tour against, at the time, the number one Test team in the world, in their own conditions, and he averaged 30 which I don't think is a disgrace.

"He played a lot in that series, he set up the beginning of the innings to be able to let the guys who bat four, five, six, seven to play in the aggressive manner they did.

"I think the right decision has been made. I'm very pleased he's been picked."

Sri Lanka captain Angelo Mathews caused a stir last week, saying he would happily pick the brains of retired compatriot Mahela Jayawardene, who worked with England as a batting consultant earlier this year.

Broad, however, is not concerned.

"I have no issue with it," Broad said.

"The positives of what England learned from Mahela and being able to witness what a special guy he is and what he offered our team, that massively outweighs anything he could give away."

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