Broad looking to move on
Stuart Broad insists England are not dwelling on the spot-fixing controversy as they prepare to face Pakistan on Friday.
Last Updated: 17/02/11 5:49pm
Stuart Broad insists England are not dwelling on controversy as they prepare to face Pakistan for the first time since last summer's spot-fixing scandal.
The paceman made a career-best 169 with the bat during the infamous fourth Test at Lord's and was an ever present as England went on to secure a 3-2 one-day series win in the midst of allegations against their opponents.
He has since had a spell out with injury, but returned to claim five wickets as England escaped with a 16-run win in their first World Cup warm-up match against Canada.
Their final tune-up before the tournament proper comes against Pakistan in Dhaka on Friday, and Broad admits that the clash may bring back some bad memories.
"We've not seen a huge amount of them in the hotel. We haven't been going out for dinner with them," he said.
"Obviously it was a tough summer for us last year - all England players will say the same. We enjoyed playing the cricket, but our wonderful summer of cricket was damaged.
"But you've got to move on. It's international sport, and we've got a job to do."
England are trying to turn around a poor run of one-day form ahead of the tournament after falling to a crushing 6-1 defeat in the recent seven-match series against Australia.
And Broad knows that the squad must not get distracted by the fact they are facing Pakistan again and instead concentrate on improving their one-day form.
He added: "That's our sole focus. We're pretty selfish in the fact we want to get ourselves right for this World Cup, and we'll use every opportunity we have to do that.
"We need to gel better as a team, both batting and bowling, from the Canada game - and tomorrow will be a great opportunity to do that.
"We're all excited about getting back on the field - whoever we play against - to better ourselves."
The 23-year-old was part of the squad that triumphed in the ICC World Twenty20 a year ago and feels there is a similar feeling in the camp this time around.
"When you've got the opportunity to come to a world tournament and win it, it's something everyone's very tuned into," Broad said.
"Going into that Twenty20 in the Caribbean, no one outside the set-up believed we could win. But within the side, we had huge belief.
"We knew our roles very clearly as players, and I think when you know that it is a very powerful thing. It's the same here."