Ashes 2021 tour diary: Stuart Broad relishing Gabba’s return as Mark Wood ends Australia again


tuart Broad says that the warm-up games “don’t bother me at all”, beyond a few kilometers in the legs. He’s barely thrown a ball of anger on this tour, but he’s in the shape of a life.

He was asked on Friday about Queensland’s vision for him after the infamous Darren Lehmann-inspired coordinated attack the city of Brisbane launched against him in 2017.

“Exciting, buzzing, butterflies in my stomach,” he said of his return to the Gabba. “This is what you train and live for. Playing Gabba is one of the best cricket experiences you can have. Same feeling as the Wanderers in South Africa.

“It looks like very Australian, very pro-Australia terrain. Even more without Barmy’s army.

” You should take advantage. If you aren’t walking that court with enthusiasm, and looking up at the booth, hearing the noise, and smiling, you are playing the wrong game. These are the times you should really embrace and love. It’s an amazing experience.

“I had 20,000 people who sang ‘Broady’s aw **** r’ and I enjoyed it. I stomped and whistled for 24 hours. “

Mark Wood is as amiable as English cricketers. Fun-loving Teetotal doesn’t take himself too seriously. That last point is exactly how he managed to take out sensitive Australians last week when, on the BBC’s Project Ashes podcast, he joked: ‘To run into that baggy green thing that they keep talking about. . We’ll have our baggy blues and I’d love to stick one on them. “

Well, in the last episode of the same (and very good!) Podcast, coming out Friday, Wood once again risked Australia’s wrath. “It’s a great place to tour Australia,” he smiled. “Even though it’s full of Australians.” Be prepared for this comment to be taken out of context.

England scheduled seven days of cricket warm-up and thanks to the rain they got seven sessions. They were thankful for the practice, but no one is claiming that they will actually be ready for this series. The only bright spot is that many Aussie players will also be undercooked.

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England considered playing cricket on another day on Saturday to make up for any time lost due to the rain, but quality cricket in Brisbane meant they couldn’t get ground. Instead, they will have a day off before training at Gabba starting on Sunday.

Nathan Lyon produced an embarrassing tirade before the Last Ashes, claiming Australia would end English careers and accusing them of being scared four years earlier. This time around he’s a bit more measured, simply saying that he thinks Australia can beat England 5-0.


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