Nottinghamshire paceman Stuart Broad can’t wait to get back to bowling in a Trent Bridge Test Match when England take on world number one-ranked India from August 18 to 22.
The 31-year-old hopes to pass the 400-wicket milestone in New Zealand when the two-Test series gets underway in March, and he will also hope to be part of the side to play Pakistan at home in late May and early June.
But the right-armer already has one eye on contesting what would be a ninth Test match on his home ground, if selected, having made his first appearance at Trent Bridge in 2008.
“It’s my favourite place in the world to bowl, not just because it’s an exciting pitch to play Test Match cricket on, but the support we get here and the record we have here as an England team is fantastic,” said Broad.
“You look towards the third Test Match of a series as it’s always a pivotal one in the series… a moving Test Match, so to speak.
“A lot of people say Trent Bridge is one of the best places in the world to bat because you get such value for your runs, especially later in the summer. You hit it through the infield you get four, which makes batting fun.
“But the ball also swings and you can really thrive as a bowler if you get it right.”
India retained their rankings as the leading Test-playing nation despite losing their series in South Africa, thanks to victory in the last match of that series in Johannesburg.
They are set to be led when they come to Nottingham by world-renowned star Virat Kohli, who will be joined by other accomplished performers such as former Notts overseas player Cheteshwar Pujara, Bhuvneshwar Kumar and Ishant Sharma.
Broad added: “India have world-class players throughout their team, they are hugely competitive as cricketers and like the battle of it, and I think we as an England team are very similar on that front.
“It will be a really interesting series, quite close, and both teams will have their times when they will be on top. Like playing Test cricket has always been in England, you have to win those key moments.
“If we can get our key players firing at the right time then I think we have a great chance of doing that.”
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