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“We had a blip last week, but I can’t see this group of players allowing that to happen throughout the tour”
England pace bowler Stuart Broad has announced that the national team have the ability to bounce back and level the series during the second Ashes Test in Adelaide, despite the loss of batsman Jonathan Trott to a stress-related illness.
“I think this team is very good at focusing on the cricket when that time arises – and although the changing room’s thoughts are with Trotty at the moment, we need to get back to training at Alice Springs this week,” Broad said. “We’ve got a huge task on our hands.
“We had a blip last week, but I can’t see this group of players allowing that to happen throughout the tour.”
Broad also admitted that England performed well below par in the first Test in Brisbane, where Australia crushed them by 381 runs to take a 1-0 lead in the series.
“There will be some guys who know they didn’t perform to the level expected of them in international cricket and will have to do better in Adelaide,” he said. “We need to get our plans and skills right going to Adelaide.
“I think it will be very different to Brisbane in terms of the pitch, and we need to focus on getting right for it.
“This squad has a real steely determination, and the Gabba result hurt us.
“We’re a proud bunch, and I’m sure that the performance levels will be back up to where they need to be come Adelaide.”
Speaking about Australia’s sledging tactics, Broad noted that he doesn’t expect the baggy greens to make reference to Trott in any of their verbal taunts.
“I can’t say how they’ll react,” Broad said. “But as international cricketers and professional sportsmen, they will understand the pressures that everyone is under and (that) it can happen to anyone.
“I think the Australian players will respect the decision of Trotty’s to go home. There is no doubt there is a lot of respect between the two sides.
“I can’t see any advantage Australia would gain from that.”