Broad out to buck World Cup trend
Stuart Broad is intent on changing England's cricket history - by winning the World Cup for the first time.
There is still no silverware in England's cabinet from this global tournament after nine attempts dating back 36 years.
But as they prepare to take on favourites, co-hosts and previous winners India in Bangalore in the second match of their campaign on Sunday, Broad is happily issuing public statements of intent.
England have been beaten finalists three times, in 1979, 1987 and 1992, but have fallen short of expectations in the three most recent tournaments.
Yet Broad senses that, under team director Andy Flower, this England team are capable of enjoying a victorious era - having won the World Twenty20 last year and enjoying an Ashes series win in Australia this winter for the first time in 24 years.
"We have got to a few finals but not won it," he said of England's World Cup CV. "But that is in the past and, since Andy Flower took over, we have been changing the history of English cricket.
"We won our first ICC tournament in the Twenty20 World Cup and we won in Australia for the first time in 24 years, so we are achieving things other England teams haven't.
"We have the confidence of winning big tournaments, and that is important. This changing room is very different to the one that came here a couple of years ago,” Broad added, referring to their 5-0 one-day series defeat on Indian soil in 2008.
"We've played a different brand of cricket in the last 18 months and that is something we will all look to continue over here."
Excellent fielding was a constant throughout England's triumphant Ashes campaign, which made their error-strewn performance en route to victory over the Netherlands in their opening World Cup contest all the more notable.
"We have an aim to come to this World Cup and show our fielding is the best in the world - and it has been over the past 18 months," said Broad.
"We did not get it right against the Netherlands. We threw overthrows; we dropped catches; we didn't even go for catches at times; we bowled a bloke with three men in the circle.
"We just made silly errors that should not happen on an international field. Those are the sort of areas we will look to get rid of and perform better at later stages of the World Cup."
With the exception of Graeme Swann, England's bowling was also far from faultless in Nagpur on Tuesday, with Broad's new-ball colleague, James Anderson, suffering most.
"Mentally we know the plans we are trying to bowl to, but against the Netherlands we just did not execute them well at all," Broad confirmed.
"All the seamers were too expensive. We are a very honest bowling unit. All our bowlers can hold our hands up and say we did not do the job against the Netherlands - along with the fielders.
"But that has got to change; we have to get it right. We know what we want to do and the style of bowling we want to produce.”
Broad and company know they face an onerous task to contain India’s formidable top order at the compact M Chinnaswamy Stadium.
But Broad is not fazed by that prospect or the inevitably partisan noise of a 38,000 sell-out crowd.
"We played a one-dayer here three or four years ago, and it was absolutely electric," he said. "The sound bounces around the ground, and I think we have to use that to our advantage.
"You are going to get pumped up by the crowds - and as long as we keep our emotions in check, I think that will fire us up really well as a team. It is inspiring.
"The crowd will be Indian-dominant, but the crowd does not change the way you bowl the ball and hit it, which is what we have to focus on."
England, who boast a fully-fit squad, completed their net session today, minutes before a torrential thunderstorm broke over Bangalore.