Board confident of England pace attack in Ashes

Published: Thursday, October 14, 2010, 12:57 [IST]
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Board backs England pacers

England fast bowler Stuart Board is pretty confident of England's pace attack playing a significant role in conquering the Ashes against arch rivals Australia.

England search for first Test series win Australia in the last 24 years will be solely depend on the ability of their bowlers to take 20 wickest in a match.

Although spinner Graeme Swann is the most likely prospect to be the match winner in the upcoming series, Broad is also confident of the semaers to play a very vital part of the England bowling attack.

The November issue of The Wisden Cricket magazine quoted Board saying, "A lot of people talk about how flat Australia is but seam bowlers have quite a lot of success out there,"

"You've got to hit the deck hard on and around off stump. I think we've got a seam attack that could do some damage." the England quicky added.

Board also denied factors of the English bowling attack of not having an experience on the Australian soil to be a set back for them. James Anderson in the present squad is the only other pacer to have toured down under along with Broad. It will be the first experience for Tim Bresnan, Chris Tremlett and rookie Steven Finn in Australia.

But Broad is confident of the fact that there is a lot of variation in the English bowling attack which will be a threat for the Aussies in the upcoming Ashes test series staring on November 25th at Brisbane.

"If we're not ready to go come the first day in Brisbane there are no excuses at all. In any case each bowler offers something different," he said.

Talking about the strategy what they will be looking forward to apply against the Aussies, Broad said ,"I try to take the ball away from the right-handers, Finny goes into the right-handers and Jimmy swings it around.

"The Pakistan batsmen didn't enjoy facing the seamers this summer and there's no reason why the Aussies should in Australia." he added.

Being optimistic regarding the inexperienced team, he said it might be a blessing in disguise as the present players will not have memories of the huge loss margin which England team suffered on previous occasions
in Austraila.

Australia defeated England 5-0 in the last Ashes series four years back.But,most of the players from that series being out of the squad , Broad warned the Aussies of a fearless approach by his team.

"There's not many of us now who were involved in that 5-0 tour," he said.

"And eight or nine of us involved this time have never been to Australia on an England tour"

"It's all fresh and that's a pretty fearless approach as you've got no demons and you're not scared of anything. That's quite a strong feeling to have in the dressing room." the English pacer added.


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