The war of words is truly underway between England & Australia, with pacer Stuart Broad giving his verdict on the mind battles going on around. Aussie opener David Warner had previously declared a ‘war’ against the age old rivals. He also said that he’d ‘dig down for some hatred’ against the English. Despite apologizing for his aggressive words, the mentality remains unchanged for both sides.
Broad himself is well equipped with experiences with hostile atmospheres. But as of now, Broad is keeping calm. “I don’t have to hate them. It’s a game of cricket, not war.” Broad found himself in the eye of the storm when he didn’t walk off despite a delivery clearly nicking off of bat furing the 13-14 Ashes series.
Broad does remember the series vividly. He said, “Actually I loved that trip, I liked the pantomime villain stuff. As a cricketer it was as close as you get to being a footballer playing away from home. (Lehmann) needed something to unite the public and media behind the Australian side and he chose me. Because I knew it was coming, I prepared for it. I read Alex Ferguson’s book about how he’d once told Patrick Vieira, who’d had dog’s abuse from the Old Trafford crowd, ‘they wouldn’t be abusing you if they didn’t respect you.”
Broad went on, “Whether Aussies meant it that way, that’s how I decided to take it. They were only doing it because they were scared of me. “When you go to Australia you have to have a genuine belief in your team that you can win. And I have that. I believe we can win. The (Andrew) Strauss-led side that got to number one in 2011 was the most efficient, disciplined group I’ve ever played with, but this team now is the most exciting. Moeen (Ali), Jonny (Bairstow), Stokesie: you don’t know what will happen. But something will. True, we’re not as consistent. But we can win games out of nowhere.”
Will Broad be above the mental pressure of the Ashes? Only time will tell.