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Stuart Broad is under no illusions about the size of the task facing England in Australia this winter.

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"We must focus on what we've done well in the last 18 months, not go there fearful of what's happened in the past."

Stuart Broad

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Broad, part of the 16-man squad tasked with retaining the Ashes Down Under, is expecting a closely-fought series, starting in Brisbane on November 25.

England have not prevailed in Australia since the tour of 1986-87 led by Mike Gatting, and they slumped to a 5-0 series whitewash under the captaincy of Andrew Flintoff on their last visit four years ago.

But Broad insists the team will enter the winter contest invigorated by a successful summer consisting of six successive series wins across all formats of the game.

Opportunity

"We've got a fantastic opportunity going to Australia because we've played some great cricket throughout the summer," said Broad.

"Australia are great on their own turf, we know that, but we've built up some great confidence over the last 18 months.

"We've got the best spinner in the world in Graeme Swann, we've got seam bowlers who can take wickets and batsmen who can score runs.

"We've got all the attributes to go and win, but it's up to us to produce the performances on the pitch when we get there.

"We must focus on what we've done well in the last 18 months, not go there fearful of what's happened in the past.

"We can learn from the past, but we need to go there with a fresh approach."

Broad will be playing in his second Ashes - he was England's leading wicket taker in the 2-1 series victory last year - and the 24-year-old is thrilled to be involved once again.

"As a cricketer you dream of going to Australia and playing in Boxing Day Tests in Melbourne and going on to Sydney and places like that," he said.

"It's something you grow up with as a young English boy and it's something that is made bigger by my dad [batsman Chris Broad] playing in an Ashes series in Australia in 1986/87.

"It's certainly an amazing feeling getting on the flight to Australia but it means nothing unless we put performances in on the pitch."

Pinnacle

Paul Collingwood played in every match when England slumped Down Under last time, but he is still elated at being given the chance to return.

"It's pretty much the pinnacle of anybody's career to be selected for this tour," said Collingwood.

"To be selected for your country any time is a real honour, but to know that you're going to take the Aussies on in their own back yard is something everybody wants to be involved in.

"This is the ultimate challenge, it's the most difficult place to win a series and the satisfaction of winning down there would pretty much be the ultimate."