The Ashes: Stuart Broad says he will not mind if the Aussie fans give him some stick
Last Updated: 22/09/13 2:30pm
Stuart Broad played a key role in England's Ashes win this summer
England paceman Stuart Broad says he will not mind if he is targeted by the Australian supporters during the upcoming Ashes series down under.
Broad is likely to be seen as the pantomime villain by the Aussie fans after he controversially refused to walk during the tense first Test at Trent Bridge this summer.
England went on to claim a narrow win, en route to a 3-0 series success, and Australia coach Darren Lehmann called on the home supporters to round on Broad this winter in a much-publicised radio interview.
Darren Lehmann says he hopes the England bowler gets a really hard time when the two sides face each other again in the second Ashes series in Australia,
He subsequently apologised to the England man for his remarks but Broad says he is not perturbed about any potential barracking.
"The head coach of Australia has called for a barrage but I am one of these characters who thrives off a bit of niggle," he said.
"It's strange, because off the field I am a shy, quiet person, and I prefer to watch a bit of TV at home.
"But get me on the cricket field and I like it all kicking off.
"So it's something I look forward to and it will be interesting out there. I don't quite know what to expect from the crowds in Australia but I'm certainly not expecting cheers."
Broad missed the last three Tests on the most recent trip to Australia and added: "It was heartbreaking coming home early from the last Ashes. There's a lot for me to achieve over in Australia."
In the wake of this summer's series, Lehmann claimed the result was unfair on the Aussies, who were well on top for most of the two rain-affected draws, although they almost lost the final Test after making a generous declaration.
But Broad responded: "Lehmann said it could have been 3-2 to Australia, but it could have been 5-0 to us.
"And anyway, that's not how sport works, is it? It's a results-driven business.
"Sure, Australia had chances to win Test matches in England, but they won none. That's the bottom line."