Advantage England after Broad blows hole in Aussie top order

Now finish them off! Stuart Broad revels in ‘magical’ Edgbaston atmosphere inspiring incredible spell to blow hole in Australian top order

  • Stuart Broad pulled off one of his famous spells on Monday at Edgbaston
  • Australia need 174 more runs for victory, while England need seven wickets
  • Broad complimented the crowd as he describes Ashes cricket as ‘magical’

Stuart Broad called on the Edgbaston crowd to inspire England to victory in the first Ashes Test after he struck twice late on day four to get rid of Marnus Labuschagne and Steve Smith and leave Ben Stokes’ side needing seven more wickets, with Australia still 174 runs short of their target.

‘There’s never any doubt when you turn up here that the atmosphere is going to be superb. I loved every second of the last hour. It was so good running in and hearing that roar and that cheer,’ said Broad, after getting rid of the two best-ranked Test batters in the world as Australia finished the day on 107 for three, chasing 281.

‘Everyone keeps walking into our changing room and going: ‘Wow, how loud is this place? How good is it playing here?’. It’s so special to play Test cricket in front of crowds like this. Ashes cricket is just magical, isn’t it?’

‘It’s all set up to be a cracker. I think it’s one of those days that both teams will come to the ground with a genuine belief they can win the game.’ Not since 1948 have Australia chased this many runs to win an Ashes Test and their target drew comparisons with the 2005 Ashes Test at Edgbaston when the tourists needed 282 to win but England famously won by two runs.

And Broad insisted that just four days into this series, it reminded him of that iconic summer.

Stuart Broad has called on the Edgbaston crowd to spur England onto victory on Tuesday

Broad dismissed Steve Smith (pictured) and Marnus Labuschagne to put England in control

He produced one of his famous spells on Monday evening and will be ready to go again

‘As a group we’ve got so much energy around us and we can feel the energy of the country. That’s partly because of the style of cricket the England team has played for the last 12 months, partly because we are one of the only sports on at the moment and it’s been an exciting start to the series. 

‘It does feel like the same energy as 05 and if we have a series like that we’re going to inspire a lot of kids to play the game, aren’t we?’ said Broad, who also admitted that England had been watching that Test match in the dressing room.

‘When it was raining on Sunday, it was being played on the big screen so we were aware that the target was around 280-odd. 

‘Hopefully, it doesn’t get as close as that and we get a few wickets early because that won’t do much good for the heart, will it?’ 

Australia’s Nathan Lyon had insisted he is confident that his side can score the remaining runs required

Australia’s Nathan Lyon, who picked up four wickets in the second innings to add to his four in the first innings, admitted that he too had his own memories of that Test.

‘I’ve seen the game. It’s always on Sky Sports here in England. They don’t seem to have many other replays,’ said Lyon.

‘Hopefully this time it doesn’t go down to ten and eleven and you don’t have to worry about me putting my pads on but saying that, we’ll see how we go and I’ll give it a crack if I have to.’ And Lyon insisted that he was confident that Pat Cummins’ side would pull the chase off.

‘They’ve got a world-class bowling attack but I’m backing our boys. It’s set up to be a thrilling match and one hell of a way to start the series.’

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