Broad: Let's win it in style
Stuart Broad believes England's 2005 Ashes triumph provides the blueprint for a successful summer.
Last Updated: 02/07/09 9:25pm
Stuart Broad believes England's 2005 Ashes triumph provides the blueprint for a successful summer against the Australians.
The 23-year-old seamer was making his first class debut for Leicestershire in the year Michael Vaughan's men ended their run of 16 barren years to reclaim the precious urn.
Broad has gone on to establish himself as one of England's most promising stars since, with 46 wickets and an average of 31.35 with the bat from his 17 Tests so far.
And, as he prepares to make his Ashes debut, Broad insists England must play with the same panache if they are to repeat the heroics of four years ago.
"It was a great summer to start playing professional cricket and it inspired me to bigger and better things and gave me the real excitement to push and play for England," he said.
"It's all moved on very quickly for me but it will be a fantastic opportunity. Hopefully we can play the same sort of cricket as '05, that's why it was so famous. There was always something going on.
"The key in that series is the ball moved off the straight and the wickets offered a little for the bowlers. Hopefully the grounds will be similar.
"No one wants to see slow and low wickets. In the Caribbean we played on three or four of those and it was turgid to play in and watch."
Broad, who played club cricket near Melbourne, also feels the youthful look of the teams makes it an even more exciting prospect.
"I had a feisty six months there after leaving school. It was aggressive and it taught me a lot," he said.
"But I've never played against Australia and neither have a lot of boys in the dressing room.
"It's going to be new for both sides with a lot of players who haven't experience what an Ashes summer is like. They will be fresh and free-minded."
Broad and Engand are currently warming up against Warwickshire ahead of the first Test in Cardiff on July 8.