Eng­land ready for suc­cess­ful Ashes de­fence, says Broad

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Stu­art Broad be­lieves the cur­rent Eng­land team are primed to de­fend the Ashes this win­ter af­ter declar­ing “this is our time” due to the grow­ing ex­pe­ri­ence of the emerg­ing gen­er­a­tion cou­pled with that of him­self, Alas­tair Cook and Jimmy An­der­son.

“It’s hard not to be” was Broad’s re­sponse when asked about the con­fi­dence of Joe Root’s side, who af­ter dis­patch­ing South Africa and West Indies dur­ing the sum­mer can now talk openly about the se­ries in Aus­tralia that starts at the Gabba on 23 Novem­ber.

The 31-year-old, speak­ing yes­ter­day af­ter play­ing cricket out­side 10 Down­ing Street in sup­port of the Chance to Shine char­ity, out­lined the rea­sons for this, ex­plain­ing how Ben Stokes, Jonny Bairstow, Moeen Ali and Root, who have be­tween 39 and 60 Test caps, are now un­fazed by dif­fer­ing match sit­u­a­tions.

Broad said: “That is when you learn as a player how to get your team out of trou­ble or how to put your foot on the throat, so to speak. I think we’re in an ex­cit­ing place but Aus­tralia are the same.”

Test de­feats at Trent Bridge and Head­in­g­ley, to go with a raft of dropped catches that had the head coach, Trevor Bayliss, bristling, and newcomers in the

bat­ting lineup, serve as a re­minder that Eng­land re­main im­per­fect.

But it was the re­sponse to the first of those losses in Not­ting­ham – a 340-run de­feat to South Africa – and that they did not fold in Leeds when West Indies dom­i­nated the open­ing two days, that shows signs of de­vel­op­ment for Broad. “We’re close to hav­ing our team sorted for the Gabba,” he said.

Aus­tralia have not lost at their Bris­bane fortress since 1988 and Broad knows all about the hos­tile en­vi­ron­ment Eng­land will face there, hav­ing been por­trayed as pub­lic en­emy No1 by the lo­cal Courier Mail in the lead-up to the first Test in the 2013-14 white­wash de­feat.

A sim­i­lar en­vi­ron­ment is ex­pected this time around. “As an Eng­land player you’d be dis­ap­pointed if you didn’t get stick there – that’s gone on for years,” Broad said. “But I love all that, as you’re in the bat­tle straight away and it sort of helps me as a crick­eter.

“I was sledged by the West Indies 12th man [Ray­mon Reifer] at Lord’s last week when I came out to bat – that got me in the fight straight away and helped me get some runs.

“The great thing about Aus­tralia is that gen­er­ally they like com­peti­tors – they like giv­ing stick but if some­one comes back, they re­spect that.”

Stu­art Broad is rel­ish­ing an­other chance to face Aus­tralia in what is cer­tain to be the usual in­tim­i­dat­ing Ashes at­mos­phere

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