Broad gives England full marks
England "ticked all the boxes" with victory over Western Australia in their Ashes tour opener, according to Stuart Broad.
Before the game, the tourists emphasised the importance of performing well in the warm-up matches, particularly the three ahead of the first Test.
They were as good as their word today, chasing 243 inside 48 overs - thanks primarily to captain Andrew Strauss’ unbeaten hundred - to clinch a six-wicket win at the WACA.
Broad, who took five wickets in the contest, believes England answered all that was asked of them in Perth.
“We’ve done a lot of talking about making sure we start the tour well and I think we ticked all the boxes really,” he told ecb.co.uk/video.
He added: “That’s the intent and change we’ve tried to make, making these first-class games - games that we want to win and set the right tempo and intensity to.”
England’s victory represented a remarkable turnaround after WA began the final day 128 runs ahead with nine second-innings wickets in hand.
The tourists dismissed their opponents shortly after lunch and Strauss’ measured knock saw them reach their target with 4.2 overs to spare.
“Probably one down overnight, coming to the ground this morning we weren’t expecting this result,” Broad admitted.
“So the way we bowled this morning built pressure, rather than blast them out. And (to) knock off the runs as easy as we did, it was a fantastic day for England that we hope will continue throughout the tour.”
Broad, England’s outstanding bowler in the first innings when he struck twice in the second over of the match, said the tourists learned valuable lessons ahead of the second tour match against South Australia.
“We didn’t expect it to swing as much as it did on the first morning,” he revealed. “But the wickets - you just have to hit the deck hard, as hard as you possibly can. (There’s) no point going ‘floaty’ and looking for drives.
“You’ve just got to bang the wicket hard and we saw of lot of the wickets were caught behind the wicket, but going through at hip height rather than being at stump height.
“We’ve learnt a lot as a bowling unit and we can take a lot to Adelaide next week.”
Broad thinks those lessons, heightened by Strauss’ unbeaten 120, made it a useful reconnaissance mission for the third Test at the same venue.
“You get good value for runs if you play well like ‘Straussy’ did today, but if you get the ball in the right area there’s always a little bit of bounce that can help the bowlers,” he observed.
“It’s a fantastic ground to play at and I’m sure the Test match will be very exciting here.”