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Last Update: June 04, 2023, 18:10 IST
London, United Kingdom (UK)
Veteran England fast bowler Stuart Broad said he has no worries heading into the upcoming much-anticipated Ashes series, adding that he is at a stage right now where he is very comfortable with his performances.
Broad took six wickets in England’s 10-wicket victory over Ireland in the one-off Test at Lord’s, including a first-innings five-wicket haul, to start his home summer with a bang. In the Ashes, Broad has taken a total of 131 wickets in 35 matches at an average of 29.05.
“Your first Ashes series comes with an inevitable bag of nerves, but that won’t worry me. To be honest, I couldn’t be more relaxed. It doesn’t mean I’m not fully operational or extremely competitive, it just means I’m very comfortable with what I’m doing now,” Broad wrote in his column for the Daily Mail on Sunday.
Broad also expressed confidence in England’s ability to deliver if the need arises in the Ashes.
The fast bowler said, “I have experienced everything in the game and I have faith in my ability, which means if I do not perform well one day, I will do the next day.”
He said, ‘I definitely want to make an impact on the series, but it does not matter whether it is the first, third or fifth Test match. I’ve had a history of pretty good performances in subsequent Ashes series and I’ve got real faith in what the hierarchy is doing, so I’ll play whenever it’s needed, I’m confident I’ll do the needful.”
The 36-year-old said debutant pacer Josh Tong, who took five wickets on debut in the second innings, looked really dangerous with the ball and was lauding another pacer coming through the ranks ahead of the Ashes .
“From the pavilion end, you can get pulled back into the stumps and it is very difficult to hold your line outside the off stump to drive the ball back in. Bowling from the nursery end, you have to really hit the middle of the ball. ” Stump to drive it towards the keeper,” he said.
“But he set up really well, didn’t bowl any balls that drifted slowly down the leg side, which is very easy to do, and he showed great flair and character. You get over-eager and emotional from international cricket.” Can be overwhelmed, but he hit the pitch really hard from his first over, looked really dangerous and got rewarded for his efforts in the first innings on the second day,” he said.
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Australia have not won an Ashes series in England since 2001 and will be aiming to do so in 2023 after the last series in 2019 ended in a draw.
After the first Ashes Test at Edgbaston from 16 to 20 June, the remaining matches will be played at Lord’s (28 June to 2 July), Headingley (6 to 10 July), Old Trafford (19 to 23 July) and The Oval. (July 27-31).
Broad said, “As a Test bowler you always need an X factor, be it height, pace, extreme accuracy or speed and he has a few of those, so he is another promising addition to our bowlers’ arsenal.” Is.”
“In some bowling units, it’s all about who takes wickets but there’s a real pack mentality amongst us, we’re all in this together and ultimately we need 100 Australian wickets in the next five Tests. Also, he is not being taken on by just four bowlers,” he concluded.
(This story has not been edited by News18 staff and is published from a syndicated news agency feed – IANS,