Broad kicks off proceedings

October 20, 2010 at 2:28 pm Leave a comment

The off field version of the Ashes has kicked off this week, with England’s Stuart Broad claiming winning the upcoming Ashes series will be but “a stepping stone” in the side’s bid to become the dominant force in world cricket. The 24 year old said ”Even if we go to Australia and win, that’s only a stepping stone to being the best team in the world, we want to create a legacy for this England team. You don’t achieve that by winning one series, you get that by being fantastic over several years.”

Broad has a point if you think back to the 2005 series between the old rivals. England’s Ashes win five years ago made the whole team national treasures and put cricket firmly in the mainstream, in a way it had never been before. Every member of the Ashes winning squad was made an instant celebrity, which affected their performance. The following year was a whole different box of jelly tots for England though, and they were brought back down to earth with a bang, suffering their 5-0 whitewash defeat in the 2006/07 Ashes in Australia.

Under Andrew Strauss’s captaincy though, those placing a cricket free bet regularly know that this team looks to be a lot better at handling the expectation and pressure brought on by the success they have enjoyed this year. Since reclaiming the Ashes urn last year, the team has keep up their level of performance, something that may not have happened in previous years. The team have performed admirably this summer during the victorious series win over Pakistan. With all the off-field hullaballo surrounding the series, England managed to put that to one side and come out victorious.

Broad’s comments pointing to world domination have gone and gotten the Aussie press in quite the barney, with those Down Under being quick to remind the fast bowler that the last time the English claimed an Ashes win on Aussie soil was 24 years ago, when Broad’s father was in the victorious England side.

Some Ashes betting pundits believe that Broad does have every reason to show a certain degree of arrogance, he was devastating in the victorious series last year and the Aussie’s will be very wary of the fast bowler when the First Test in Brisbane commences next month.



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