Fitter Broad desperately seeking Aussies

Friday, June 11, 2021
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England pacer Stuart Broad, who was rested for the Test series against Bangladesh so that he could come back rejuvenated against the Aussies, is itching to take on the traditional rival in the five-ODI series at home.

Though he found it tough to sit out the Bangladesh Test series, Stuart Broad feels England's rotation policy will augur well for the team in the future. © AFP

"I'm really keen to get back. It's hard for any professional sportsman when you are not playing because you are not used to it. I came to Lord's on the Saturday of the first Test in my jeans and shirt and I'm usually in the dressing room!

"The time off gives you a great buzz for though. I'm certainly excited about continuing our momentum by beating the Aussies in the One-day series this summer. We know how hard that is going to be as a team but we are ready for it," said the 23-year-old fast bowler.

Though Broad expressed disappointment at being left out of the team for the Bangladesh Test series, he felt the decision made by the ECB would ultimately augur well for England, as they take on Australia, Pakistan and Bangladesh ahead of the Ashes.

"Ultimately, I really do think it was a good decision. It was tough on the body though. I was in the gym five days a week. One day I'd be doing maximum strength training on the legs, where I'd be lifting as heavy squats as I could, then the next day will be upper body doing bench press stuff.

"It's left me sore but that's how you strengthen and that's what I have needed to do. It's nice to see the hierarchy are looking not one or two weeks down the line, but months down the line instead," Broad said.

As in the case of Broad, England have also decided to give a break to the latest fast bowling sensation Steven Finn, who bagged the man of the series award against Bangladesh for picking 15 wickets in two Tests. Finn has now been left out of the ODI series against Australia in order to undergo strength and conditioning training, which Broad thinks will surely help the youngster return stronger and fitter.

"We have seen already how much of a talent he is and I think it's important he stays injury-free and fresh. It's good to see the management looking after him instead of just bowling him into the ground which could have left him injured when the Ashes came around."

As they take on Australia in the ODI series after their recent Twenty20 success over the arch-rivals, Andrew Strauss’s men will be reminded of the 6-1 thrashing they received at the hands of the Kangaroos immediately after their 2009 Ashes triumph. But Broad refused to dwell into the debacle, saying England have come a long way since then.

"That was a long time ago. We didn't play particularly well but we had a real revamp when we went to the Champions Trophy and we have played a totally different brand of cricket since."