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“We are here to play cricket, to play tough cricket, and to make sure that we get ourselves ready for that because you do your talking on the field”
Coming into the second leg of the Ashes series, England pace bowler Stuart Broad knew that he would be the target of all the Australian players and fans, but stated that “it is not important what people from Australia and Cricket Australia say”.
Australia coach Darren Lehmann called on the public to “get stuck into” Broad for his decision not to walk during the first Ashes Test at Trent Bridge, despite clearly edging a delivery to the slips.
“Everyone is talking about the Ashes now, especially in Australia,” Broad told Sky Sports. “I think the Aussies are excited about their chances but for an England side, the 17 guys in the squad, it is not important what people from Australia and Cricket Australia say.
“It is irrelevant to our preparations and irrelevant how we operate.
“We are here to play cricket, to play tough cricket, and to make sure that we get ourselves ready for that because you do your talking on the field – and that is something England do.”
Broad was also quick to dismiss Australia captain Michael Clarke’s comments about England skipper Alastair Cook telling him which players were going to be included in the Ashes squad for the first Test in Brisbane.
“I’ve not seen much of it to be honest,” Broad said. “I don’t know the side and I’m pretty close to the skipper so I don’t know how the Aussie skipper knows.
“It’s a bit like a boxing bout, there’s a few mind games and people talking. We don’t need to get too involved in a brawl, we’re just happy boxing our way through the series and making sure we play good cricket.
“When you come to Australia you expect certain things to go on.”
Broad was also pleased at having taken three wickets during the first day of England’s four-day warm-up match against the Cricket Australia Invitational XI in Sydney.
“It was good for us to have 90 overs out there,” he said. “We kept going throughout the day, our energies were fantastic and that’s testament to the guys out there.
“We started really well. It was a little bit green this morning so there was a bit of help for the seam bowlers but once the sun got on the wicket half-hour, an hour after lunch it just did nothing.
“It was good to get those five wickets early and we perhaps should have got a couple more but we didn’t do a lot wrong. It was just a good time to bat in those last couple of hours and it is up to us to come back and apply some more pressure.”