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Broad looking to extend unbeaten run

Captain Stuart Broad is confident England can inflict more misery on Australia during tonight's first NatWest Twenty20 international at the Ageas Bowl.

England's 3-0 Ashes victory leaves the tourists without a victory since February in any format.

And Broad wants that run to continue during the two-match T20 series, which concludes at Durham Emirates ICG on Saturday.

"Any time you step on the field in an England shirt you are looking to beat the opposition," he said.

"We know Australia are a dangerous team and we know they will be hungry to beat England. They've also not beaten England in England since June 2010 in any format.

"It's up to us to continue that form and that responsibility falls on these players. It's an exciting responsibility."

Stuart Broad expects Alex Hales, pictured, to shine as the NatWest Twenty20 Series against Australia gets under way

Broad believes the squad selected for the series has the capability to punish the Australian attack.

Openers Alex Hales and Michael Lumb will be followed by likes of Eoin Morgan, Ravi Bopara and Jo Buttler, and Broad thinks England's batsmen can blow away their opponents.

"It's an exciting line-up and there are some powerful players," he said.

"It's great as a captain to know you have that firepower in the side.

"We'll be better the more we play together and getting experience and dovetail.

"You watch some of the partnerships that Alex Hales and (Michael) Lumb have had and the way Morgs strikes it and the way Jos has finished games; there's a real belief in that changing room that we can set a huge target or chase a huge target down.

"That's a good place to be as a Twenty20 side and it's great for English cricket to have so many exciting Twenty20 talents."

Australia Twenty20 captain George Bailey denied his side's barren run was playing on their minds, as they look to exact a measure of revenge for the Ashes.

"They say winning is a habit and I tend to agree with that," he said.

"Stating the obvious but you don't go out and try and win any more.

"There were none of those games since February where we thought we've won one recently so we won't try and win this one.

"It's pretty blatant what we want to do. We plan to win. It's the same regardless of what has happened in the past."

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