Ashes: Stuart Broad delighted after five-wicket haul at the Gabba
Stuart Broad enjoyed his battle with the Australians as England finished the opening day of the first Test on top.
Last Updated: 21/11/13 8:57am
Broad had been targeted by the Australian media and fans in the build-up to the Ashes for failing to walk at Trent Bridge during the summer series.
However he had the perfect response at the Gabba, claiming 5-65 as England held the hosts to 273-8 by the close on day one.
And although Broad claims he ignored a lot of the pre-series hype, he was pleased to have played a vital role for England.
"Obviously there's been a lot of build up to this tour and a lot of talk, but we know within the changing room it is about preparing ourselves for the skills you need for Test cricket," he told Sky Sports.
"I think we put everything else aside and just focused on that.
"After losing the toss on what I felt was a belting batting wicket, to take eight wickets in a day we have put ourselves in a really strong position.
"I had prepared myself for a little bit of stick and boos but I quite enjoyed it.
"It was nice to come away with picking up some wickets as it was one of those days where you could doubt yourself and walk away with 0-100 after getting abused all day so it feels better to have five-fer.
"The Aussies are good sports fans. They want to see tough, hard cricket. They like to give the opponents a bit of stick but they appreciate good sport."
England had reduced Australia to 132-6 at one stage only for Brad Haddin and Mitchell Johnson to stage a lower-order recovery.
The England attack, though, stuck to their task and were rewarded late in the day with the new ball.
And Broad insists the team are delighted with their efforts on a what looked a flat surface.
"We have had a good day as an England side, we are really chuffed with it," he added.
"It's been hard work. We've not been used to these conditions on this trip so there are a lot of tired guys in the changing room but some very happy ones."
Broad had claimed the first four wickets of the day to fall, with the scalp of Michael Clarke (1) the pick - the Australia skipper caught by Ian Bell off a short delivery from the 27-year-old.
"The short ball has always been a strength of mine, I feel I have decent control of the height I can get it," said Broad.
"With the two short legs it was a bit of a plan early doors and I managed to get it spot on, so I am delighted that it worked."
Despite the exploits of Broad, Johnson - who hit 64 during a 114-run stand for the seventh wicket with Haddin - claims Australia are still in the match.
Johnson, who became Broad's fifth victim of day and his 50th wicket in 2013, said: "Stuart Broad ripped through us at the start but we fought back really hard.
"Brad and myself put on a nice partnership of 100 and that was a really important part of the day.
"We are definitely back in the game. We've got a morning to bat. We're 273 and, with a slow outfield, I think we are about where we should be with all those wickets down.
"It is very important tomorrow to score some more runs, get over the 300-mark and then assess things from there."
Australia looked unlikely to reach 200 when Johnson first came to the crease, however the 32-year-old and wicketkeeper Haddin turned the tide.
A record seventh-wicket stand at the Gabba against England followed as the duo picked their shots.
"I kept it pretty clear in my mind to have good intent," said Johnson. "When there was a bad ball there I just tried to score off it but when they bowled the good balls I just defended or played the right shots.
"That was our plan, we kept it pretty simple. It was nice to bat with Brad, we've had some good times out in the middle."
Catch day two of the first Ashes Test at the Gabba on Sky Sports 2 HD from 11.30pm on Thursday.