Broad - Time for action

England looking to break NatWest Series duck at Trent Bridge

Last Updated: 14/09/09 8:44pm

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Broad and England are seeking a change of fortune at Trent Bridge

Broad and England are seeking a change of fortune at Trent Bridge

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Stuart Broad wants England's one-day team to let actions speak louder than words in the final three games of the NatWest Series.

"There's nothing really that the management or coaching staff can do - it's up to the players to take responsibility and perform."
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Australia hold an unassailable 4-0 lead in the series and have set their sights on a whitewash, something Broad and his England team-mates are desperate to avoid.

After the jubilation of the Ashes triumph, a result Broad helped bring about with his game-changing five-wicket haul at The Oval, morale is perilously low in the limited-overs team.

And although extensive discussions between the players and management have served England well in the recent past - the most recent of which came in the aftermath of the Ashes drubbing at Headingley - Broad now wants to prove a point on the pitch rather than the meeting room.

Mistakes

"There have been a few (team meetings). We've done a lot talking during the first four games but it's all about actions now," the Nottinghamshire seamer said ahead of the fifth ODI on his home ground at Trent Bridge on Tuesday.

"There's only so much Andy (Flower, England team director) can say for it to sink in and for us to learn from our mistakes.

"We've been told our roles and we know our game plans, we're just not executing them.

"There's nothing really that the management or coaching staff can do - it's up to the players to take responsibility and perform.

"We've obviously been making the same mistakes which isn't acceptable. The only place we can change that is out on the pitch and we need to do that at Trent Bridge."

Although defeat at Lord's last time out ensured an Australian series win, there are still three games to play as both sides look to the build towards the Champions Trophy, which starts in South Africa on September 22.

For that reason, Broad has rejected suggestions that the remaining matches of the series represent dead rubbers.

Important

"Every international game is very important," he added.

"You've got full houses of people paying to come and see the cricket so it's up to us to make it good fun and we need to improve our skills to make that happen.

"We need to improve because there's a lot of one-day cricket coming up. When we finished (the Ashes) I think it was 22 or 23 games on the bounce which is pretty unheard of.

"One-day cricket tests out a lot of different skills. I thoroughly enjoy playing it and a lot of the boys enjoy playing it, it's just that we need to get a little bit better at it.

"The series is gone, which is disappointing, but there's a lot of one-day cricket to come and we need to start building momentum coming up to the Champions Trophy."

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