Stuart Broad has backed Trent Bridge to offer a unique home advantage on Friday when England take to the field hunting a series-clinching victory over New Zealand. 

Broad was instrumental in the first Test at Lord’s, taking two wickets amidst a team hat-trick as the hosts bundled the Kiwis out on the morning of day three. 

The 35-year-old is hoping England can build momentum from that victory, as the sides prepare to face off in Nottinghamshire. 

“We need to ride that wave all summer,” Broad said.

“If I can get that Nottingham roar going, with the party mode the Forest fans are in right now, it could have a huge benefit.

“It adds a different pressure, though. If you whip the crowd up, then bowl a half-volley and go for four you look daft. 

“But I quite like that pressure. You’ll see this summer, when I feel we need that extra lift and momentum, I’ll do it again.”

The frenzied nature of the first Test could give supporters cause for optimism when it comes to entertainment at Trent Bridge too, according to Broad. 

Seventeen wickets fell on a dramatic first day in the capital, before Joe Root and Ben Foakes calmly saw their side over the line chasing 277. 

“Things went our way but it’s no mean feat chasing a score like that. To start the Stokes-McCullum era with a win is huge for us,” Broad said. 

"I don't think anyone who has come to Lord's can argue it's not been fun, the style of cricket, edge-of-the-seat at times, the crowd has got involved and it's something we want to take to Trent Bridge.

"People say Trent Bridge and Edgbaston are the best Test match atmospheres in the country and after what was a really interesting win at Lord's, it should see people who are heading to Trent Bridge have a lot of excitement about what is to come."

Reflecting on his recent years in an England shirt, Broad has also learned to savour the winning moments when they do come, such is the fickleness of Test cricket.  

As the Nottinghamshire seamer contemplates the prospect of another Test on his home ground, he certainly won't commit to it being his last.

“These last two years, what was it, one win in 17?” he said. “I never took Test wins for granted but there was a period where they came more often than not and your attention can switch to the next game. Stuff that, enjoy the win and then get ready after that.

“I started this season not knowing if I’d pull on the England shirt again, I was just enjoying every day for what it was. Jimmy turns 40 this year, four years ago was he thinking 2018 might be his last at Old Trafford? Probably not. 

“I’ll attack this week with the same mindset: I’ll walk out on that first day, look around the stands, and know how lucky I am to be there.”


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