Eng­land in a good po­si­tion – Broad

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STU­ART Broad be­lieves Eng­land’s tight spot in the first Ashes Test still rep­re­sents their best po­si­tion af­ter three days at the Gabba since his dad Chris was in the team more than 30 years ago.

Eng­land’s ef­forts to test Steve Smith’s pa­tience failed to stop him grind­ing out an un­beaten 141 - over more than eight and a half hours - in an Aus­tralia to­tal of 328 all out as they eked out a lead of 26.

Josh Ha­zle­wood was then the suc­cess­ful new-ball bowler in a dra­matic fi­nal ses­sion which ended with Eng­land 33 for two.

Even so, Broad was able to put a pos­i­tive spin both on Smith’s close-of-play re­marks - the Aus­tralia cap­tain ac­cused Eng­land of de­fen­sive bowling from the out­set - as well as a pre­car­i­ous match sit­u­a­tion.

Eng­land have fa­mously not won in Bris­bane since 1986/87, when Mike Gatting’s tourists had Broad’s fa­ther open­ing the bat­ting and Ian Botham as their man of the match.

Af­ter tak­ing three for 49 here, Broad said with a smile: “I think af­ter three days, we’re prob­a­bly the best-placed Eng­land side here for 30 years.

“It was cru­cial we only lost two tonight. You can eas­ily lose four of five, and that’s the Test gone ... it could have been a lot worse.”

As for the frus­tra­tions voiced by Smith off the field, if none ev­i­dently shown on it, Broad added: “Per­fect. We know they like to score quickly. If we can re­strict them from scor­ing bound­aries, we’ll have pe­ri­ods of tak­ing wick­ets.” Stu­art Broad of Eng­land

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