Broad: Bring on the banter, I love it

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England fast bowler Stuart Broad is looking forward to the inevitable chatter, from Australia's fans and players, when the Ashes go Down Under at the end of the year, saying it makes him 'thrive'.

England fast bowler Stuart Broad is looking forward to the inevitable chatter, from Australia's fans and players, when the Ashes go Down Under at the end of the year, saying it makes him 'thrive'.

Australia coach Darren Lehmann called for Aussie fans to 'make Broad cry' when the sides face each other again, after the paceman refused to walk after nicking an Ashton Agar delivery to first slip during the first Test two months ago.

The incident caused much outrage, despite protests that batsmen don't walk anymore, and Lehmann was reprimanded by the ICC for calling Broad a cheat and seemingly levelling a threat against the player by calling for retribution.

But Broad, used to such backlash, says that while he is a quiet and shy guy off the field, he enjoys aggression on it and isn't expecting anything other than jeers and nasty comments come November.

Broad said in the <i>Daily Mail</i>: "Obviously the head coach of Australia has called for a bit of a barrage, but I am one of these characters who seems to thrive off a little bit of niggle.

"It's quite strange, because off the field I'm quite shy and quiet. I prefer to watch TV at home. But get me on the cricket field and I like it all kicking off.

"So it's something I look forward to. I don't quite know what to expect but I'm certainly not expecting cheers."

Another of Lehmann's comments was that Australia could have won the Ashes 3-2, if they'd only taken a few key moments, and Broad says the opposite is also true. England could have won 5-0 (rather than 3-0) if circumstances had been slightly different.

He said: "It could have been 5-0 to us. But that's not how sport works, is it? Yeah, Australia had chances to win Test matches in England, there's no doubt about that. But they won none. That's the bottom line."

All in all, Broad is excited about the trip Down Under, given he had to leave early in 2010 with an abdominal injury, and thus missed out on the celebrations when England won the urn.

He added: "I absolutely loved my time over there. Looking back, it was probably the best two months of my life. It was heartbreaking coming home. So, yeah, there's a lot for me to achieve over in Australia."

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