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England are hungry to do well – Broad

By Western Daily Press  |  Posted: January 28, 2014

England bowler Stuart Broad, right, celebrates a wicket with Jos Buttler

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England Twenty20 captain Stuart Broad is determined to leave Australia with something to show for three months of touring.

Broad has had precious little reason for cheer since arriving Down Under in late October.

After initially been regarded a public enemy number one by Australians for failing to walk during the Trent Bridge Test last summer, the 27-year-old has since seen the Ashes lost in a whitewash before a 4-1 one-day series defeat.

While the crowd jeers he was first subjected to have slowly subsided, the pain of defeat has remained close at hand.

It is a feeling Broad is ready to dispel against an under-strength eighth-ranked Australia side in the three-match Twenty20 series, which begins in Hobart today.

"It would be huge (to win the series)," he said. "England cricket has been through a tough three months.

"There is a lot of hurt players because we have not done ourselves justice on the field.

"There is a real hunger in this group to finish this tour well."

Broad is one of five players who have remained in Australia throughout the tour – along with Joe Root, Ben Stokes, Tim Bresnan and Boyd Rankin.

Understandably, victory for that quintet would be especially welcomed against an Australia side weakened by the absence of their Test players, who will fly to South Africa on Wednesday for their tour.

David Warner, Shane Watson and Mitchell Johnson will therefore be absent, while James Faulkner has been ruled out after undergoing knee surgery.

"Australia have had the better of us for three months and for the five guys who have been involved in all three squads it has been a really tough time for us," he said.

"We have an opportunity in a strong team to leave this tour with a little bit of happiness. That's what we want to do."

After the hostile reception Broad walked into at the start of the Ashes – when a Brisbane newspaper refused to mention his name to stoke antipathy towards him – the quick admits he has almost missed the boos as they have become less audible at each venue.

"It's actually a bit disappointing now – it (the booing) is getting less and less," he said. "You have to really listen for them now. At Brisbane in the first Test I thought if it continued like that I wouldn't have any ear drums left.

"To be fair it's been quite good fun; I've enjoyed it and enjoyed the banter with the crowd. I feel like I've embraced it okay, it's not really affected my performance particularly, I don't think.

"And there's not many people in the world who can say they've been called a 'W' word by 40,000 people. So, I've got that one."

Broad would, however, also dearly love to leave his detractors behind with a series win under his belt.

The right-armer can call on one of the world's most powerful batting line-ups with the likes of top-ranked batsman Alex Hales, Eoin Morgan and Jos Buttler all dangerous.

Hales is in form after spending the past month in the Big Bash League and blasted 49 from 19 balls playing for the Adelaide Strikers in Hobart last month.

Michael Lumb and Luke Wright, who has hit the most boundaries in the Big Bash, will also slot in straight from playing Down Under.

"We've got some unbelievable strikers in our side," Broad said. "If we can lay a platform with the likes of Lumb, Hales, Wright and see how they strike a ball, and then you've got Morgan and Buttler. It's a pretty scary line-up.

"I'd imagine the three games are going to be pretty exciting to watch and hopefully we can let our skills to do the talking because, if we do, I think there'll be some high scores."

While Broad sung the praises of the batting line-up, England will be without the destructive talents of Kevin Pietersen.

Pietersen has been rested for the limited over leg of Australia and, while his future is a hot topic, was named in the provisional 30-man World Twenty20 squad.

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