Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

Broad: We Want to Go Home on a Real High

Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

Broad: We Want to Go Home on a Real High

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ENGLAND Twenty20 captain Stuart Broad is determined to leave Australia with something to show for three months of touring.

Broad has had precious little reason for cheer since arriving Down Under in late October.

After initially been regarded a public enemy number one by Australians for failing to walk during the Trent Bridge Test last summer, the 27-yearold has since seen the Ashes lost in whitewash before a 4-1 one-day international series defeat.

While the crowd jeers he was first subjected to have slowly subsided, the pain of defeat has uncomfortably remained close at hand.

It is a feeling Broad is ready to dispel against an under-strength eighthranked Australia side in the threematch Twenty20 series, which begins in Hobart this morning.

"It would be huge (to win the series)," he said. "England cricket has been through a tough three months.

"There is a lot of hurt players as we have not done ourselves justice on the field. There is a real hunger in this group to finish this tour well."

Broad is one of five players who have remained in Australia throughout the tour - along with Joe Root, Ben Stokes, Tim Bresnan and Boyd Rankin.

Understandably, victory for that quintet would be especially welcomed against an Australia side weakened by the absence of their Test players, who will fly to South Africa today for their tour.

David Warner, Shane Watson and Mitchell Johnson are absent, while James Faulkner has been ruled out after undergoing knee surgery.

"Australia have had the better of us for three months and for the five guys who have been involved in all three squads it has been a really tough time for us," Broad said.

"We have an opportunity in a strong team to leave this tour with a little bit of happiness. That's what we want to do."

After the hostile reception Broad walked into at the start of the Ashes - when a Brisbane newspaper refused to mention his name to stoke antipathy towards him - the quick admits he has almost missed the boos as they have become less audible at each venue.

"It's a bit disappointing now - it (the booing) is getting less and less," he said. …

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