Broad expecting cool reception

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Stuart Broad reckons there will be plenty of 'leftovers' from the recently concluded Ashes series in England when hostilities resume Down Under.

<b>Stuart Broad reckons there will be plenty of 'leftovers' from the recently concluded Ashes series in England when hostilities resume Down Under.</b>

The fast bowler is expecting Australia to try and unsettle England's players verbally as they look to defend their 3-0 Ashes victory away from home.

Brisbane hosts the first test match on November 21, and Broad doubts that the ill-tempered relations between the two nations will have improved much by then.

"I think you could pick up from the cameras that there was a lot of talk on the field," Broad told <i>The Times</i> in reference to the last series.

"There's always a bit of niggle in Test cricket, you expect there to be a battle, but there's something about England and Australia that sparks something a bit more.

"The relationship between the teams isn't exactly great. I think there'll be some leftovers."

Broad also revealed that the traditional post-series drink which followed the fifth Test at the Kia Oval was not an exceptionally warm and jolly affair.

"Normally when you get together, the bowlers go off for a chat with their opposite numbers and the batsmen do the same," he added.

"But with these series so close together, it was weird because there was none of that.

"It was a case of 'I'm not giving anything of myself to you here, because I'm going to see you in eight weeks'."

None of which concerns Broad in the slightest, however. The paceman is very much looking forward to another aggressive series.

"I enjoy the niggle," Broad added. "It's tactical, you target certain players and you lay off others. The Aussies used to call it mental disintegration, but it's a test of the man.

"In rugby, it's the big hit you have to prepare yourself for. In cricket, it's the mental barrage. It's good fun."

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