Broad eager to lead England attack

Birmingham, August 2

Stuart Broad has said he’s ready to lead England’s attack as they bid for an Ashes-clinching win against Australia at his Trent Bridge home ground in the absence of James Anderson.

Broad is set to be England’s senior bowler in Nottingham after longtime new-ball partner Anderson was ruled out of the fourth Test with a side injury suffered during an eight-wicket win on Friday that put the hosts 2-1 up in the five-match series. Not only is Anderson England’s most successful Test bowler of all-time, with 413 wickets — including an Ashes-best 6-47 at Edgbaston — he also has a brilliant record at Trent Bridge.

The 33-year-old swing and seam bowler has taken 53 wickets in eight Tests there at an average of 19.24 with England’s victory in the 2013 Ashes Test at Trent Bridge yielding a 10-wicket haul for the Lancastrian. But 29-year-old Nottinghamshire paceman Broad, a veteran of 82 Tests, is an experienced campaigner in his own right. “In Jimmy’s absence it’s going to be up to all the other bowlers to step up,” Broad told the Mail on Sunday.

Broad heads into the Trent Bridge clash, which starts on Thursday, just one wicket away from becoming only the fifth England bowler to take 300 Test wickets after Anderson, Ian Botham, Bob Willis and the late Fred Trueman. And having already scored more than 2,000 Test runs, including a best of 169 against Pakistan at Lord’s in 2010, Broad, the son of former England Ashes-winning opening batsman Chris Broad, is also in sight of a notable ‘double’.