Stuart Broad promises improved England performance at Edgbaston
England pacer Stuart Broad believes that his team will come out with a completely improved performance, especially in the batting department, when the third Ashes Test begins at Edgbaston on Wednesday.
Unfazed by England's embarrassing batting display at Lord’s that saw the hosts crash to a mammoth 405-run defeat, Broad expects his team's batsmen to make amends in Birmingham.
"I think when we get to Edgbaston you'll see a very determined, steely, skilful batting line-up for England,” said Broad.
“I think it'll be a big change from Lord's."
Broad opined that England lost wickets at Lord's primarily due to the injudicious shot selection of their batsmen who failed to show any application on a flat pitch.
The 29-year-old confessed that England’s batsmen were guilty of playing too many rash shots which made the work easier for Australia’s bowlers.
"In the first innings especially (at Lord's), the 10 wickets we lost, they weren't good balls.
"We gave them 10 wickets, and in Test match cricket you've got to make teams work hard for their wickets.”
Despite having suffered a beating at Lord’s, Broad insists that England will head into the upcoming Tests without any dearth of confidence.
With the venues for the third and fourth Tests favouring England in the recent past, Broad’s confidence seemed justified.
"Let's not forget that Edgbaston and Trent Bridge are two fantastic grounds for the England cricket team.”
"We should have a lot of confidence.
“The last Test I played at Edgbaston, Cooky (Alastair Cook) got 294 (against India in 2011) and we won by an innings.”
Although the recent history at the grounds are in England’s favour, Broad is also aware of another major jinx that the hosts have to be wary of.
"It's a huge week.
“I read somewhere that England haven't won the third Ashes Test since 1981, which has got to change.”
Broad also feels that people have been too harsh on England after their massive defeat at Lord’s that saw Australia level the series.
“A lot has been written this week about it being the end of the world, like we're losing 10-0.
"But, actually, it's 1-1.
“They've played fantastically one week, we've played fantastically one week so let battle commence.”
Test matches are all about mental strength and Broad feels that this quality becomes all the more important in an Ashes series.
Broad hopes that his England teammates are not carrying any mental baggage with them to Edgbaston after the Lord’s defeat.
"In an Ashes series, it's so crucial to be mentally and physically fresh.
"It's crucial that we don't get to Edgbaston still hung over or fearing what happened at Lord's.
“We need to be quite clear that we performed badly, but this is a new week."
The previous Ashes encounter at Edgbaston that was back in 2009 ended in a draw with rain playing spoilsport.
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