Broad ready to do battle
Stuart Broad insists England's players will not be distracted by the Australian crowds during the Ashes series Down Under.
Last Updated: 17/11/10 10:58am
Stuart Broad knows England's players can expect a hostile reception in Australia - but insists it won't affect their form on the pitch.
England will be aiming to retain the miniature urn but haven't won a series on Australian soil since Mike Gatting's side were successful on the 1986-87 tour.
Broad is on his first Ashes trip and has been warned by former players over what to expect from the home crowds.
However the bowler - who played such a key role in helping England win the 2009 series on home soil - feels the players cannot be distracted by anything that is said to them from the stands.
"It's going to be a hostile reception for the English players," said Broad.
"You speak to any ex-England player who's toured Australia and the first things they will say are about the crowd.
"At the end of the day, it doesn't affect where you bowl the ball or where you hit it.
"So, we need to just focus on getting our skills right and performing well, and gaining the opposition fans' respect."
Broad is not the only rookie on the trip for England. However, he feels the lack of "demons" from previous tours could work to the tourists' advantage.
"We're quite fortunate in that - the team we've got at the moment - seven or eight of us haven't toured Australia before," he added.
"We've got no demons there, so we can just go and enjoy our time and make sure we play good cricket and hopefully win."
Broad, who admits he has a "real competitive spirit", is certainly looking forward to the challenge of playing Australia in their back yard.
"I've got a real competitive spirit so playing against a competitive side like Australia really excites me," he said. "It gets my adrenalin going.
"It's what I play the game for, the excitement of the competitive spirit and I think Australia have that in abundance."
The Nottinghamshire seamer, along with James Anderson, Steven Finn and Graeme Swann, was left out of England's line-up for their final warm-up fixture against Australia A.
Instead the quartet have flown to Brisbane to prepare for the first Test against Australia at the 'Gabba, which gets underway on November 25.