Broad expects Aussie taunts
Stuart Broad expects Australia to try and rattle England during the Ashes, but says the tourists will not be intimidated.
Last Updated: 01/11/10 2:55pm
Stuart Broad expects Australia to try and rattle England during the upcoming Ashes series, but says the tourists will not be intimidated by the taunts.
England will have to avoid defeat in a Test series in Australia for the first time in 23 years if they are to retain the urn they won back in 2009.
Their last trip to Australia ended in humiliation as they suffered a 5-0 whitewash during the 2006-07 tour.
And paceman Broad is not expecting an easy ride this time around, although he believes any sledging dished out by Australia will serve as motivation for England.
"I'd expect the Aussies to get under each of our players' skin, but it's not something we're scared of, it's something we're going to thrive on," Broad said.
"I'm certainly coming here without any fear and just looking to enjoy the experience.
"It's good we've had some players who have been here before to share their experiences and communicate with the boys about where we can improve.
"But it's a different group from last time, it's a different set-up. So we are coming here confident."
He added: "Australia are one of the best teams in the world and we as an England team want to become the best team in the world. So you can only do that by coming here and performing strongly."
The 24-year-old has become known for his fiery and aggressive brand of bowling, but concedes that he will have to keep his emotions in check during the Ashes.
"I know I bowl at my best when I'm in a bit of a bubble and emotionally competitive. But obviously I need to find the right balance to that," he said.