Broad targets top spot

Nottinghamshire bowler preparing for home Test on Friday

Last Updated: 27/07/11 12:08pm

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Stuart Broad told Sky Sports News HD that England are "hunting" top spot in the ICC Test rankings after victory over India at Lord's.

Needing to take the series by two clear Tests to move above their opponents in the standings, England made the perfect start with an impressive 196-run triumph on Monday.

Broad, though, insists the squad are not resting on their laurels, and are determined to turn in another strong performance in the second Test at Trent Bridge, which gets underway on Friday.

"We know it's only one Test out of four and that India are the best team in the world, so we need to be right on it at Trent Bridge."
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"We knew we wanted to start the series well," the Nottinghamshire bowler said ahead of the game at his home ground.

"We had talked about it, particularly the first hour, so to come away from Lord's with victory is just the perfect start.

"We know it's only one Test out of four and that India are the best team in the world, so we need to be right on it at Trent Bridge.

"We've got great leaders of our group - people like Andy Flower and Andrew Strauss - and we will be very focused on that first hour at Trent Bridge.

"The great thing about Trent Bridge is that it's a really good cricket wicket, but you can lose the game inside the first hour because it can swing around. If you're 50-5, you're in a bit of trouble.

"The boys are hunting that No.1 slot and we need to be right on the money all of the time."

Central role

Broad certainly played his part in England's success at Lord's, finishing up with match figures of 7-94 and also weighing in with an unbeaten half-century in the home side's second innings.

The 25-year-old had been under pressure going into the match, only just keeping his place in the final XI ahead of Yorkshire's Tim Bresnan, after enduring a lean series against Sri Lanka at the start of the summer.

"It's always nice to take wickets and score some runs, but more importantly to contribute to the team winning," he added.

"It was nice to pick up some key wickets and help Matt reach his hundred, which was a special moment, but it all starts again at Trent Bridge.

"The boys are really focused on that. It was an amazing win at Lord's, we really enjoyed sitting in the changing room on Monday evening, but the mind soon switched on to Trent Bridge and looking to go 2-0 up."

While England are on a high, India have plenty of problems ahead of the match in Nottingham.

Their most pressing concern is the fitness of Zaheer Khan, who suffered a hamstring strain on the opening day at Lord's and did not bowl again.

"We saw Zaheer in 2007 at Trent Bridge and he caused our batsmen trouble. We know he is a skilful bowler and he would use conditions well," Broad said of the left-arm seamer.

"Obviously, we don't know how he is going to pull up, but we must focus on what we have got to do.

"We need to adjust our line and lengths - you do get good value for pitching the ball up at Trent Bridge - and a lot of catches can go to the slips, so that's something we will be working on in training."

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