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Broad glad to be back in battle

Stuart Broad spoke to ecb.co.uk after taking three wickets on day one in Sydney

Getting “miles in his legs” during England's third tour match has further whetted Stuart Broad’s appetite for the Ashes.

Cricket’s biggest rivals renew battle at the Gabba next week in the second of successive series following England’s 3-0 triumph on home soil this summer.

Much hype has predictably surrounded the rubber, with Broad at times being billed as England’s pantomime villain.

But the ultra-competitive paceman, who claimed three wickets today against an Australia Chairman’s XI, is loving every moment of his time Down Under.

He told ecb.co.uk: “It’s been a good atmosphere so far; the thing about Australian fans is they love good, hard cricket and I think that is what they are going to see in this series.

“They know there is an English team coming here for a fight; we stand tall and really want to take it to the Australian team.

“The Aussie team are obviously a developing and passionate team. I think it is going to be a fascinating series; the public over here know that.”

Front and centre in England’s mind at the moment is ensuring they are as best prepared as possible for the rubber after much of their second tour game was washed out.

With Broad not featuring in the opening encounter, today was extremely valuable as he geared up for the challenges ahead.

He added: “It has been a while since I’ve had a long day in the field so it was nice to get some miles in the legs.

“My rhythm felt really nice and to pick up wickets always helps the confidence a little bit.”

Broad was the chief threat as England began perfectly at the Sydney Cricket Ground, striking thrice to reduce the home side to 93 for five.

However, Ryan Carters and Peter Nevill, with 94 and 76 respectively, put on an unbroken 178 as the Invitationalists closed on 271 for five.

Broad said: “It was a day of two halves; we bowled fantastically well this morning with conditions that helped us a little bit.

“But the sunshine flattened out the wicket completely and from half an hour after lunch it just did not do anything.

“We probably would have wanted one or two more wickets but, run rate-wise, we are delighted with that score and our energies throughout the whole day were brilliant.

“It was good for us to really test ourselves out there. It is easy to go quiet when you do not take wickets for two or three hours but we kept our energies up and the fielders gave a lot to the bowlers today.

“So, yeah, it was a good day and I have no doubts our batsmen will get stuck in on that wicket; there are no demons there.

“We can take a lot of positives out of today and it makes tomorrow a very interesting day.”

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