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“I’m very excited, it is my fifth trip here and it is always an awesome country to tour so it is great to be here”
England pace bowler Stuart Broad has announced that he expects a “lively” welcome from Australian fans after head coach Darren Lehmann called on them to “get stuck into Broad”.
Lehmann’s comments came after Broad refused to walk when he clearly edged a delivery to the slips during the first Test of the recent Ashes series in Trent Bridge.
However, Broad will not take anything the Australian fans dish out against him seriously as he feels “it is all good fun”.
“I think my reception from the Australian crowd will be lively,” he said. “But it is all good fun isn’t it?
“I’m very excited, it is my fifth trip here and it is always an awesome country to tour so it is great to be here. We don’t look too far ahead, we just need to prepare well and see where we go.”
England are now aiming to record their fourth Ashes series win in a row, a feat which they have not accomplished since the 1890s.
“It is a good place to be,” England captain Alastair Cook said. “I hope we can win four in a row.”
Off-spinner Graeme Swann added that “it should be a great series” if England continue playing the type of cricket they were during the Ashes this summer.
“We’re always confident, and if we play our good cricket then it should be a great series,” Swann said.
When asked about his thoughts on the upcoming series, vice-captain Matt Prior said: “The flight is always a long one but I’m feeling pretty good now. I’m absolutely confident about our chances, I’m very excited to be here and get into the gym and on to the training ground and get ready for the series.”
England will begin their tour of Australia with a warm-up match against Western Australia in Perth on October 31.