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Tuesday 24 April 2018

Broad's high five

Paceman responds to fans' abuse with wicket haul

England's Stuart Broad. Picture: REUTERS/David Gray
England's Stuart Broad. Picture: REUTERS/David Gray

CRICKET: England paceman Stuart Broad was delighted to respond to Australian fans' barracking with five wickets on the first day of the Ashes in Brisbane.

Broad secured pantomime villain status over a perceived lack of sportsmanship during the summer's series in England, most notably his failure to walk after edging an obvious catch during the Trent Bridge Test.

He was booed when handed the new ball for the second over of the match, adding to a build-up which saw local newspaper, the Brisbane Courier-Mail, promise not to print Broad's name in their coverage of the game.

He quickly responded, removing Chris Rogers with his seventh ball for his first scalp in figures of five for 65. Broad entered the written section of his media briefing at the end of the first day with a copy of the Courier-Mail under his arm.

"There's been a lot of build-up, a lot of talk, but we put everything else aside and focused on the game," Broad said.

"I was preparing myself for a bit of stick but it's nice to come away with picking up some wickets. You could easily walk away with none for 100 after being abused all day, but it certainly feels better with five for 60-odd."

Those figures even saw Broad applauded off and he added: "The Aussies are good sports fans, they like to see tough, hard cricket.

"They like to give the opposition a bit of stick but they respect good sport."

 

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Broad led the way as Australia, despite winning the toss in perfect conditions for batsmen, needed a seventh-wicket partnership 114 to reach 273 for eight.

"After losing the toss on what is a belting batting wicket, to get eight wickets in the day is excellent," said Broad.

"But we saw in the period when (Brad) Haddin and Mitchell (Johnson) were going well, it was hard to remove them. That's something we can take a positive from as a batting group.

"We've got to get them out in the morning but if we get through the new ball, you can cash in in that 40-to-80-overs spell."

Johnson, who contributed 64 to his partnership with Haddin (78 not out), said: "I kept it pretty clear, when there was a bad ball there, take it on and when the good ball's there, defend it and play the right shot.

"I was quite nervous this morning and then when we were a few wickets down and not as many runs as we would have liked, the nerves kicked in again.

"But Brad and I have played a lot of cricket together and we kept it pretty simple."

Reflecting on the day as a whole, the left-arm paceman added: "Obviously Stuart Broad ripped through us at the start but we fought back really well.

"Brad and myself put on a nice partnership of 100 and we're definitely back in the game, we've got a morning to bat.

"We're 273, another 40 runs with the slow outfield and we're about where I think we should be. It's important get over that 300 mark and assess from there."

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