English speed bowler Stuart Broad says he is fully focused ahead of the first Test against New Zealand and approaches the match as if it was his first Test appearance.
Stewart Broad says he is ready to give his “heart and soul” to England and leave everything on the pitch if he is selected for the first Test against New Zealand at Lords Stadium on Thursday.
Broad and James Anderson were both eliminated from England’s final test round, the West Indies in March, despite sharing 1,177 joint test scripts between them.
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But the 35-year-old told reporters on Tuesday that despite the omission, he was able to maintain a positive frame of mind after talks with psychologist Chris Marshall in Nottinghamshire.
“No, not at all,” Brod said when asked if he feared for his future at Test. “I always felt like I had a lot to give the team.
“As a professional athlete, if you don’t think you’re one of the best bowlers in the country, you’re drunk, right? My mind has always been that I was in the best bowling group, especially in England.”
“The absence of the West Indies was disappointing. But my approach was to pull Mars back, relax, have a fresh, energetic play and come back with the Notts ready to attack at the right time.
Stuart Broad, the English fast footballer and Nottingham Forest fan, said the club’s promotion to the Premier League was huge for the city and he would try to find the time to see them play.
“I’ve worked a lot with Knotts psychologist Chris Marshall on my way of thinking because I think that’s the most important thing for me going forward.
“Instead of spending the summer thinking, ‘I really want to make sure I fit in for this second test of the South African series,’ life just doesn’t work like that.
“It’s really about being grateful for what I have this week, giving my heart and soul for this week, and then if I’m stiff and a little sore next week or if I don’t play, they want to give a new footballer some experience, so great.”
“Give your all for this week, train hard and if you join the team everything will be left on this pitch.
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“I said to Jimmy, whether we get 0-100 or 5-30, performance doesn’t matter now, it’s about giving everything to the English shirt and the environment.
“We’re good enough to make the results hold in the long run anyway.”
Broad added: “I feel like I’m playing well and am ready to make an impact on England’s victories once again.”
Brendon McCullum, coach of the New England Tests, hopes to help his team regain the popularity of red ball cricket.
Thursday’s match against New Zealand, world title holders Test, is the first in a new era with Ben Stokes as captain and former Black Cup captain Brendon McCollum as head coach.
talk to sky sport“There is a sense of excitement in the band,” Broad said.
“We know Brendon has had incredible success as a player and captain in New Zealand. He has become a coach and has a very clear mindset about the way he wants to play cricket.
“You can see he’s had a huge imprint on New Zealand cricket and hopefully he’s made a huge imprint on English cricket.
“We all went to St George’s Park last week for a few days, got together, and had a group meal that night, so much energy and focus to start a busy international summer.”
Athers: McCollum, the Stokes effect can inspire an immediate uprising
Other than the scheduled call-ups for Broad and Anderson, the England squad are not much different from the team that lost 1-0 to the West Indies in the Caribbean.
Yorkshire’s Harry Brooke and speed bowler Matt Potts have both been called up for the first time – the latter being called up for the first time in testing and filling one of Lords’ bowling alleys – but the rest of the team is widely familiar.
Sky Sports’ Michael Atherton expects New Zealand to give their best ahead of the three Test series against England starting at Lords Stadium on Thursday.
Former England captain Michael Atherton said sky sport Understandably, McCollum didn’t want to “rip everything off”; Immediately.
“he is [McCullum] “I don’t know enough about English cricket yet,” Atherton said. “It will take some time to get his feet under the table, to get an idea of the players who are around the team at the moment and also those who are waiting in the wings.
“Don’t expect to see drastic changes at first, but there may be more clarity in direction from the top.
“You obviously expect an England team led by Stokes and McCollum to play a certain way, and usually when there’s a change of management – captain, manager, whatever – teams get an initial and automatic improvement in performance.”
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Regarding the style of play that fans can expect from the new England Test team partnership, Atherton added: “I think everyone hopes that England can play cricket in a smart, efficient and ultimately win.”
“There will be times when you have to face the match, put your foot down and chase the opponent, and there will be times when you are a little bit behind and you have to attack and endure.
“McCollum was a brilliant cricketer, he was kind of – on the aggressive side, both as captain and player – but he was also someone who could play the long game as well.
“He was a very intelligent and efficient cricketer, and I think that’s what he hopes most from his team.”
Southee: McCollum will throw ‘courage’ cricket
New Zealand setter Tim South, who is expected to play for Lords, has played 48 Test matches alongside new England coach McCollum and is expected to deliver an “exciting and gritty” cricket.
New Zealand cricketer Tim South said the role of England coach has been a huge challenge for Brendon McCollum.
“It’s going to be an exciting kind of cricket, I’m sure,” Southee told reporters on Tuesday. “They won’t die wondering if I’m imagining – if the way he handles things is something to go by.”
“It’s exciting and obviously a huge challenge for Brendon. Everything he does, he gives 100% so it wouldn’t be any different. He’s excited about what lies ahead and I’m sure he will do everything in his power to make the most of the England Test team.
“I know him well; the way he played cricket was exciting and intimidating. This is his state as a person and I am sure that is also what he is as a coach.
Watch England face New Zealand in the first Test, from Lord’s, live on Sky Sports Cricket and Sky Sports Main Event from 10am on Thursday.
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