Broad relishing Trent Bridge return
Stuart Broad is hoping to relive one of the finest moments of his career when England take on West Indies in the second Investec Test at Trent Bridge.
Broad plays his county cricket at the ground for Nottinghamshire and flourished in familiar surroundings last year when he took a hat-trick against India.
The venue lit up as Broad removed Mahendra Singh Dhoni, Harbhajan Singh and Praveen Kumar with successive deliveries and, after taking 11 wickets in a man-of-the-match display at Lord’s in the first Test, he is ready for more of the same.
“It was definitely one of the highlights of my career. I love playing at Trent Bridge. It’s a fantastic ground, the home support is brilliant and looking back to last summer it was great to get the win,” he said.
“We got the new ball when India were in a very strong position and when the sun is out Trent Bridge can play very well for the batsmen.
“I remember Straussy said ‘Let’s go for broke. Let’s try to hit the stumps. Don’t worry too much about the runs because we need to make some breakthroughs’. Fortunately that worked for me.
“I don’t think it could have been much better. It was a Saturday evening about 5pm and the crowd was really lively.
"The atmosphere was incredible when I bowled Kumar for the hat-trick. It went wild. I have very fond memories of that.”
Broad’s efforts at Lord’s took him to joint third in the ICC’s Test bowling rankings, level with new-ball partner James Anderson.
With Graeme Swann in fifth place, England’s attack is clearly marked as one of the best in the world and Broad believes the strength in depth is a big factor in their success.
“To have Swanny, Jimmy and myself all in the top five is testament to how far we’ve come as a team,” he said. “We’re consistently grabbing wickets whenever possible.
“Jimmy and I work together on most aspects of our bowling so for us both to be in the top three or four is brilliant for both of us. It’s an honour to be up there.
“In international cricket you always have to be at the top of your game and keep performing. You keep pushing yourself in training to get better. Having the strength of competition that we have is important in that.
“Someone like Steven Finn would be in most Test teams in the world at the moment and he’s having to wait patiently for his opportunity.”