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Ashes: England all-rounder Stuart Broad unconcerned by mind games

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Stuart Broad successfully appeals for the wicket of Callum Ferguson

Stuart Broad insists the England squad are paying little attention to the pre-Ashes mind games.

Former Australia spinner Shane Warne has been at the forefront of media campaign Down Under, while Cricket Australia chief James Sutherland, recalled fast bowler Mitchell Johnson and skipper Michael Clarke have all had their say in recent days.

Johnson has warned England he is going make life as uncomfortable as possible for the batsmen, while Clarke insists counterpart Alastair Cook told him the line-up for the first Test.

However Broad, who was the pick of the England bowlers on the opening day of the final warm-up game against a Cricket Australia Invitational XI in Sydney, claims the tourists are focused on doing their talking on the pitch.

"Everyone is talking about the Ashes now, especially in Australia," Broad told Sky Sports

"I think the Aussies are excited about their chances but for an England side, the 17 guys in the squad, it is not important what people from Australia and Cricket Australia say.

Broad ignores mind games

"It is irrelevant to our preparations and irrelevant how we operate.


"We are here to play cricket, to play tough cricket, and to make sure that we get ourselves ready for that because you do your talking on the field - and that is something England do."

Broad played down claims from Clarke that the Australia skipper had been given England's side for Brisbane.

"I've not seen much of it to be honest. I don't know the side and I'm pretty close to the skipper so I don't know how the Aussie skipper knows," he said.

"It's a bit like a boxing bout, there's a few mind games and people talking. We don't need to get too involved in a brawl, we're just happy boxing our way through the series and making sure we play good cricket.

"When you come to Australia you expect certain things to go on."

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