London, May 12 (ANI): England fast bowler Stuard Broad aims to join James Anderson and fire England to Ashes glory this summer.
Pace ace Broad is determined to make the most of being handed the new ball in Test cricket.
Fab four Steve Harmison, Matthew Hoggard, Andrew Flintoff and Simon Jones fronted the bowling attack when England beat Australia in this country four years ago to win the Ashes. But that quartet are now out of favour or injured.
Broad and Lancashire star Anderson have been England’s chosen opening pair for the past two Tests against West Indies and are set to continue that relationship at Chester-le-Street on Thursday.
Broad, 22, said: “I was given the new ball against South Africa last year and really want to make it my own. I have always bowled with the new ball for Leicestershire and Nottinghamshire and it is something I have really cherished. It puts pressure on you to take wickets but that is something I enjoy.
“Jimmy and I have played a lot of cricket together now and we talk about deliveries all the time. When Chris Gayle was driving me in the first innings at Lord’s, Jimmy told me to try a couple of overs of just attempting to hit him in the belly button. That was designed to tie him up a bit and luckily one of them swung back a bit and got him out,” The Sun quoted Broad, as saying.
“Communication is key in Test cricket because whoever adapts the quickest seems to prosper,” he added.
England’s clash with West Indies this week is their last Test before the Ashes series against the Aussies gets underway in Cardiff on July 8. (ANI)