Broad relishing summer Tests

Seamer warns sub-continent duo to expect tough examination

By Joe Drabble.   Last Updated: 12/04/11 1:39pm

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Broad: Fit and ready

Broad: Fit and ready

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Pace bowler Stuart Broad believes England can inflict some "real damage" on Sri Lanka and India when they tour this summer.

The county cricket season is under way and preparations for the visit of Sri Lanka in Cardiff on May 26 have begun for England's players.

Broad, who is currently recovering from the broken rib which forced him to return home early from the World Cup, is back at club Nottinghamshire looking to prove his fitness in time for the first of three Tests against Sri Lanka.

The 24-year-old signed a new three-year contract extension at the East Midland county on Tuesday and is hoping England can pick up where they left off in the Ashes series when they welcome two sub-continent nations this summer.

Broad told Sky Sports News: "Obviously they are both world class teams, both reached the World Cup final and played fantastic cricket throughout that World Cup.

Fantastic

"They are very strong in their own conditions and it will be up to us to hit the summer hard and make sure we play good cricket in our own conditions.

"The ball might swing around like it did against Pakistan last year and I thought we were fantastic last summer.

"It's up to us to pick up where we left off in the Ashes series and start the season strongly because if we get the momentum we can cause some real damage this summer."
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"It's up to us to pick up where we left off in the Ashes series and start the season strongly because if we get the momentum we can cause some real damage this summer."

Broad has set his sights on a return to action on May 4 against Yorkshire, for whom former Notts. and England team-mate Ryan Sidebottom will be competing.

"I'm hoping to make my comeback on May 4 against Yorkshire and get three Championship games in and get some wickets before the first Test and help Nottinghamshire win some games," Broad added.

"It's (the injury) coming on well. I'm pleased it was a broken rib rather than a side strain because bone heals better than muscle and the side is an awkward area for bowlers."

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