Broad always looking to improve

Tue, 22 May 07:05:51 2012

Stuart Broad excelled himself with 11 wickets for a man-of-the-match performance at Lord's - but he is hoping he can bowl even better in the second Investec Test at Trent Bridge.

It was on his home ground in Nottingham last year that Broad also won the match award, for a superlative all-round display against India which saw him take a hat-trick and make more than 100 runs in two attacking innings from number nine.

After his significant part in an opening victory against West Indies this season, Broad is hoping to wow Nottingham again. "There's always room for improvement," he said, having become only the fourth cricketer to put his name on all three Lord's honours boards - for a 10-wicket match haul, five in an innings and a century.

"In the first innings I didn't bowl as well as I could do.

"But the stride pattern and rhythm felt nice, and in the second innings it improved in less helpful conditions. The '10' board has been empty since 1978, so it's nice to fill a gap."

No England bowler had taken 10 wickets in a match since the great Ian Botham 34 years ago. But Broad made it clear his joy would have been shortlived had his efforts not helped England to their five-wicket win on Monday.

"Any cricketer will say the same - if you take a five-for or score a hundred and lose, it means nothing," he said.

"You take anything to get that victory. Going to Trent Bridge, it's important we reset the mind and focus on that challenge."

England will not be getting ahead of themselves.

"We are good at taking small chunks, small targets," added Broad. "It's dangerous to look ahead and say we can win 3-0. It's important we get our minds ready for that next Test."


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