Stuart Broad hopes England can now hang onto the newly-restored feel-good factor following their Ashes success.
England face a Test series against Pakistan in the UAE and South Africa in a challenging winter, with Broad admitting Alastair Cook’s men must win abroad to justify recent hype surrounding a new era of dominance.
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“I don’t think there’s any danger of us getting too far ahead of ourselves – we’ve got a lot of Test cricket coming our way,” he said.
“But to play in a side with the likes of (Joe) Root, (Moeen) Ali, (Ben) Stokes, (Jos) Buttler, (Mark) Wood and (Steven) Finn; there are guys coming through who could play for England for eight or nine years.
“Our away form hasn’t been great for a little while now and we know the UAE is a really tough place to go – we went there as world number one last time and just got destroyed.”
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The 29-year-old Broad can not see a way his recent heroics in the urn-clinching Nottingham Test can be bettered, though.
“I hope to play for a few more years yet but I can’t see personally having a better day than that eight for 15,” he said. “You get those spells once in a lifetime – sometimes for school or a club, but to do it against Australia, it’s not even a dream come true, because I would never have dreamt it.”
Meanwhile, James Anderson could feature in the fifth Ashes Test against Australia after practising yesterday. The fast bowler, 33, suffered a side strain on the second day of the third Test and was immediately ruled out of the fourth Test, in which England secured the Ashes. He will be assessed Tuesday and Wednesday before a decision is taken over his potential participation.