Ashes 'buzz' excites Broad
Stuart Broad thinks England are well equipped to claim a long overdue Ashes series win in Australia.
Last Updated: 06/10/10 5:18pm
Stuart Broad thinks England are well equipped to claim an overdue Ashes series win in Australia.
England head Down Under in good form after winning all six series played - including a 3-2 ODI success over Australia - on home soil this summer.
Broad, who has taken 97 wickets in 32 Tests since his debut in December 2007, knows it will be tough to keep that run going.
"As an England side we're really confident coming up to the Ashes," said the Nottinghamshire seamer.
"We are the Ashes holders from 2009 and playing really good cricket at the moment.
"We are a really confident group, we just need to make sure we start the tour really well when we arrive and we'll go from strength to strength.
"The Ashes is always seen as a huge spectacle but every international game you play there is a lot of pressure and you're there to win.
"It is a huge buzz playing in an Ashes series as it is every time you pull on an England shirt.
"We haven't won in Australia since 1986/87 - my old man was on that tour! So it's been far too long.
"But we can't look too far ahead. We can't look to Sydney in January, we have to look to Brisbane in November and make sure we win the first hour of that game.
"That is all we're focused on as players and just excited about the challenge."
Broad's height and accuracy have drawn comparisons with former Australian paceman Glenn McGrath.
"Getting compared to Glenn McGrath is a huge honour," he added.
"He was fantastic for Australia throughout his whole career and he is a bowler who I admire a huge amount and would look to follow in his footsteps.
"It's important to be myself but I do look at him and the way he bowled and how he got his wickets and try and filter that into my play.
"It's certainly wrong to get compared to him with his record but hopefully in the future I can get up to his standards."
Stuart Broad was speaking as part of the launch of a new collection for adidas called 3 Stripe Essentials