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Broad hungry for World Cup tilt

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February 17, 2011

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Stuart Broad marked his return from injury and illness with five wickets, Canada v England, World Cup 2011 Warm-up match, Fatullah, February 16, 2011
Stuart Broad marked his return from injury and illness with five wickets against Canada © PA Photos

Stuart Broad claims he is fresh and looking to add some energy to the England bowling attack for their World Cup assault.

Broad missed the majority of the victorious Ashes series and the ODI mauling at the hands of Australia after being struck down by an abdominal injury. He returned from two months on the sidelines to spare England's blushes with a five-wicket haul in the victory over Canada on Wednesday. He has admitted to pulling up a little stiff, but expects to be at full tilt for the World Cup opener with Netherlands on February 22.

"It is really good to be back," Broad told Sky Sports News. "It was two months since I last played so I was a bit nervous before the start. But it was great to get back on the pitch and take a few wickets."

England were far from impressive in beating Canada by 16 runs, but Broad feels there were positives to take from the game - notably assured batting from Jonathan Trott and Matt Prior and his own efforts with the ball. "We weren't overly happy with the performance but there are positives we can take out of the game," he said.

"I feel very fresh. Having not played for a long time it was all training-based, so I felt fit and excited to be back on the park and can bring some energy to the unit. I feel like I am bowling at a decent pace. The ball was going through nicely.

"I pulled up a bit stiff this morning but hopefully I can recuperate for tomorrow and put in another strong performance [against Pakistan].

"Everybody is excited to be here and the energy levels are fantastic. It has been a long winter but it is something you have to crack on with and when you have an opportunity to play a world tournament, it is something everybody is tuned in to."


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Posted by Dummy4 on (February 18, 2011, 23:53 GMT)

Stuart Broad is a integral part of the one day setup. He is the spearhead in the one day attack for england and not many people will argue with me there. The stats are there, the form and wickets to be taken are there, Stuart go win us the world cup!!!

Go England!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Posted by Michael on (February 18, 2011, 5:44 GMT)

Hope England can put-up a good fight ablest this world cup, we need every one of top 9 ( WI or Ban ) to play their potential for a healthy competition

Posted by John on (February 18, 2011, 3:22 GMT)

Broad's a key bowler for England in ODIs. England won the T20 World Cup with their bowling and fielding; no team made 150 against them and that included Australia, Sri Lanka, South Africa and Pakistan. This is basically the same bowling side with the exception of Anderson for Sidebottom, which is an improvement. If everyone can come back fit, England will be a team to be reckoned with. It's hilarious to see comments writing England off based on a few meaningless games with a half-strength bowling attack. I suspect it's wishful thinking from the supporters of other teams.

Posted by Chandana on (February 18, 2011, 1:03 GMT)

Yuvi will take care of Broad.

Posted by GARY on (February 17, 2011, 22:19 GMT)

Yes agree, he's England's best one day bowler, with stats to back it up and the length he bowl will be very effective, along with the slower ball bouncer and other variations. He bowled very well and fast in the warm up game. Broad, Anderson and Swann will be key for England, they just need to get their batsmen firing.

Posted by joel on (February 17, 2011, 18:45 GMT)

Hopefully he will be firing on all cylinders , we definetly need some aggressive bowling out there . Its your time stuart , fill your boots

Posted by John on (February 17, 2011, 13:46 GMT)

I think Broad's influence will really help England in this tournament. His back-of-a-length bowling should be very effective against teams from the subcontinent and the minnows. Hopefully he's able to keep his silly temper in check.

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