Senior England pace bowler Stuart Broad has shared that he judges himself on how well can he swing the momentum for his side instead of solely depending on wickets. He also revealed that entertaining the fans carries weight for them more than the result as well. However, England haven’t held the urn since 2015 and they have lost two out of the last three Ashes series. However, their form in the last 18-20 months has been quite impressive and it gives them hope of beating Australia as they have lost only two out of their last 12 Tests as well.
Speaking to Sky Sports, Stuart Broad stated that he takes pride in changing the momentum towards his side in any way possible. He added: “I see my No. 1 job as changing the momentum of cricket games. I don’t really care if that’s one wicket or eight wickets. If I can change the momentum of that day by getting the crowd going, lifting the Barmy Army, giving my team-mates more energy, that is all I judge myself on. The older I’ve got I definitely know what to look out for. A lot of cricket is knowing when conditions are in your favour and that is your time to strike.”
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Stuart Broad further added: “Our No 1 goal is entertainment. Of course, winning is vitally important but if we can get kids in the park wanting to play the style of cricket we are playing that is ultimately more important than the result. You can still inspire the next generation with your style, even if you lose – but we have a genuine belief that if we commit to our style we will win the series and that would be very special to be a part of.”
However, the veteran has been in sublime form in the last few months, taking 15 scalps in the last four County Championship games. England will start their summer against Ireland and they have also named their playing eleven for that.
“We are very hungry as a group to lift the urn again but that is a long way away. One of Baz’s sayings is ‘be where your feet are’ which means live in the moment and if you attack that day right everything will look after itself,” Stuart Broad concluded.