General News | 10th July 2008
Broad Wants The New Ball
Notts bowler Stuart Broad is determined to become a new ball bowler for England after being named in an unchanged side to face South Africa at Lord’s.
Broad was a central figure in the npower Test Series win against New Zealand but admits that the form of Jimmy Anderson and Notts team mate Ryan Sidebottom make them worthy candidates to open the attack.
"Obviously my overall aim as an international bowler is to become a new ball bowler but you have to earn the right to do that - it's not something which gets given to you on a plate," said Broad.
"Jimmy and Siddy have got hold of that new ball and thoroughly deserve to keep it. They have bowled fantastically and they have made breakthroughs regularly.
"I'm thoroughly enjoying my role in the side. I would bowl with a dodgeball if it means playing for England.”
South Africa have been installed as the bookmakers’ favourites for the series having moved to number two in the ICC Test Championship with England slipping to fourth.
"It's going to be a great battle, they are ranked the second best Test match side in the world and in good form themselves,” said Broad.
"It's going to be a very exciting series to play in, an exciting series to watch and that's just good for the game of cricket.
"We can't look too far past our current form though, we have won four out of our last five Test matches and we are in good shape ourselves."
The tourists will play a One Day International against England at Trent Bridge on Tuesday 26 August.
England: Vaughan (c), Strauss, Cook, Bell, Pietersen, Collingwood, Ambrose (wkt), Broad, Sidebottom, Anderson, Panesar.
South Africa (possible): Smith (c), McKenzie, Amla, Kallis, Prince, De Villiers, Boucher (wkt), Harris, M Morkel, Ntini, Steyn.