Form key ahead of Trophy - Broad
Stuart Broad has called on England’s one-day side to let their actions do the talking as they seek to avoid a dispiriting NatWest series whitewash against Australia.
After the jubilation of the Ashes triumph, a result Broad helped bring about with his game-changing five-wicket haul at the Brit Oval, four straight defeats have followed in the one-day leg of Australia's tour.
And although extensive discussions between the players and management have served England well in the recent past - the most recent of which came in the aftermath of the Ashes drubbing at Headingley Carnegie - Broad now wants to prove a point on the pitch rather than the meeting room.
“There have been a few (team meetings). We’ve done a lot talking during the first four games but it’s all about actions now,” Broad said ahead of tomorrow’s fifth one-day match at Trent Bridge.
“There’s only so much Andy (Flower, England team director) can say for it to sink in and for us to learn from our mistakes.
“We’ve been told our roles and we know our game plans, we’re just not executing them.
“There’s nothing really that the management or coaching staff can do - it’s up to the players to take responsibility and perform.
“We’ve obviously been making the same mistakes which isn’t acceptable. The only place we can change that is out on the pitch and we need to do that at Trent Bridge.”
Although defeat at Lord’s last time out ensured an Australia series win, there are still three games to play as both sides look to the build towards the ICC Champions Trophy, which starts in South Africa later this month.
Broad is certain that the remaining matches of the series do not represent dead rubbers.
“Every international game is very important,” said Broad. “You’ve got full houses of people paying to come and see the cricket so it’s up to us to make it good fun and we need to improve our skills to make that happen.
“We need to improve because there’s a lot of one-day cricket coming up. When we finished (the Ashes) I think it was 22 or 23 games on the bounce which is pretty unheard of.
“One-day cricket tests out a lot of different skills. I thoroughly enjoy playing it and a lot of the boys enjoy playing it, it’s just that we need to get a little bit better at it.
“The series is gone, which is disappointing, but there’s a lot of one-day cricket to come and we need to start building momentum coming up to the Champions Trophy.”