Broad hails ODI improvement
Stuart Broad is relishing the chance to challenge Australia's one-day supremacy in the upcoming NatWest series.
Last Updated: 17/06/10 10:37am
Stuart Broad believes that Australia are the best one-day side in the world, but is confident a much improved England can challenge their supremacy.
The pace bowler will be back in the England fold for the upcoming NatWest series with Ricky Ponting's side after being rested for the recent two-Test series with Bangladesh.
Despite regaining the Ashes last year, England were well beaten by Australia in the subsequent 50-over series.
This was followed by a run to the semi-finals of the ICC Champions Trophy, but once again they were beaten convincingly by their arch-rivals.
But Broad thinks England will be more competitive during the contests this summer.
"We're playing fantastic cricket," he said.
"We've beaten Australia in Test match and Twenty20 format but, last time we played them in one-day cricket, we struggled.
"I think we can really improve on that performance; we've changed our one-day cricket around since then."
The current ICC one-day rankings place Australia top with England trailing in fifth but that is not deterring Broad.
He added: "I certainly think Australia are the best one-day team in the world, so it will be great to test ourselves against the best.
"We've got some exciting players, and there's no reason why we can't give them a great run for their money.
"I think it's important we focus on the strengths we've built over the past seven months - powerful, fearless batting and great planning with the ball."
The Nottinghamshire player traces the turn-around in one-day fortunes back to an inspirational pep-talk from coach Andy Flower in 2009.
"Andy was obviously hugely disappointed with the performance in the one-day series against Australia (last September)," Broad said.
"I think we've turned that round. The backing of the captain and coach means we can play fearless cricket.
"Gone are the days of, if you have two or three low scores, your place comes under threat.
"The captain and the coach are saying: 'You're the person to take this team forward - we back you to play the way you play, go and do it'.
"The players are thriving on that."