England’s second highest wicket taker Stuart Broad is anxiously looking forward to playing at the GABBA again, when Australia hosts England for the 2017 Ashes beginning in November.
Broad recently went past Sir Ian Botham to become the second highest wicket taker for England, behind opening partner James Anderson, who himself became the first English bowler to pick up 500 wickets in Tests during the series against West Indies.
Australian fans at the GABBA, in Brisbane will be waiting for blood from Broad, as he had refused to walk after edging one to slips off Ashton Agar during the 2013-14 Ashes series down under.
Broad was jeered and criticized for his decision by the crowd present at the ground. However, he responded by picking up 6/81 on Day one of the Test. The memories of all this will be revisited when Australia and England play the first Test at the Gabba from November 23.
Stuart Broad has some words for the press, saying, “I think as an England player you'd be disappointed if you didn't get stick at the Gabba - that's gone on for years. But I love all that, you're in the battle straight away and it sort of helps me as a cricketer. I seem to thrive off the extra spice and there will be a bit of that.”
Australia have not lost at the Gabba since 1988, while England won their last Test at the venue in 1986.
"We've been building for a while and we've got experience but also middle ones, guys who have played 35-45 Tests, and that is when you learn as a player how to get your team out of trouble or how to put your foot on the throat. We just need to get out of the Gabba with something,” said Broad.