Broad says England will get wickets in Australia

Updated: 24 August 2010 15:04 IST

Stuart Broad is adamant the England attack are sufficiently versatile to take wickets in Australian conditions when they defend the Ashes.

Broad says England will get wickets in Australia

London:

Stuart Broad is adamant the England attack are sufficiently versatile to take wickets in Australian conditions when they defend the Ashes 'Down Under' later this year.

Broad and the rest of the England quicks have been enjoying themselves in the largely swing friendly conditions that have prevailed during their ongoing series with Pakistan, as indeed have the tourists' seamers.

Fast bowler and handy lower-order batsman Broad has so far taken 11 wickets in a series England lead 2-1, ahead of this week's finale at Lord's, and swing specialist James Anderson has been even more successful, with 20 wickets.

But on England's last tour of Australia, in 2006/07, they were thrashed 5-0 in the Test series with Anderson's five wickets coming at a hugely expensive average of more than 82 apiece.

Pakistan captain Salman Butt, speaking after a four-wicket win at The Oval that cut England's series lead, questioned whether England's bowlers would succeed in Australia.

But Broad insisted: "We have no fear going to Australia, and we certainly have the skills necessary to go and win the Ashes over there

"We are very confident in our attack," added Broad, whose father Chris, an opening batsman, was a member of the last England side to win a Test series in Australia back in 1986/87.

Australia captain Ricky Ponting believes his side have it in them to inflict another 5-0 humiliation upon England but the 24-year-old Broad said: "We are all very confident in what we do," he said.

"We have the best spinner in the world in Graeme Swann, and some very skilful seamers too.

"Everyone will have an opinion on the Ashes, because it is such a huge series. But what opposition players and opposition captains say has no impact on us and what we are going to do."

England have added Yorkshire seamer Tim Bresnan to the XI that played at The Oval for the fourth Test, starting at Lord's on Thursday

"Tim has been with us throughout the whole series, pushing for a place," Broad said. "It does not change the mindset for any of us.

"It doesn't add any more pressure - because you always put yourself under pressure as an international player.

"That is what you do to try to come up with good performances."

Topics : Cricket England Australia
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