Broad keen to get 300th on home ground

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England fast bowler Stuart Broad is looking forward to bagging his 300th Test wicket at Trent Bridge, his home ground, and is pleased to be joining a club that Australia paceman Mitchell Johnson is a part of.

Broad will start the fourth Ashes Test on 299 Test wickets, and given he already has 2000 runs in the bank, he will join a small club of players to have 300 wickets and 2000 runs. Johnson achieved that at Edgbaston.

Broad wrote in the Mail on Sunday: "It would have been nice to have got there (to 300 wickets) at Edgbaston but the chance to achieve it at Trent Bridge is incredibly exciting.

"I'm told only 11 players have scored 2,000 runs and taken 300 wickets in the history of the game so it’s quite illustrious company.

"Mitchell Johnson is one of those players. He gets masses of stick from the crowd but it’s a sign of how much respect there is for him. I've got mates who've been to watch who say they're just glued to watching him bowl.

"He’s got that slow, haunting run up with that slingshot action. He gets stick out of respect. He’s a top cricketer."

One big question ahead of the start on Thursday is who will take James Anderson's place in the pace attack. If BRoad had his way, he'd pick Mark Wood, who missed out at Edgbaston due to injury but is set to be fit.

Broad said: "I'm a big fan of Woody. I love how he goes about things; how hard he works and how much he enjoys the game.

"For me, if he’s fit, he plays at Trent Bridge. We know it’s the swing bowlers who do the damage there and not the seam bowlers."

Broad was optimistic that Anderson would be back in time for the fifth Test at The Oval, adding: "It is obviously heartbreaking for Jimmy Anderson to be missing out at Trent Bridge where his record is second to none.

"At least the prognosis is nowhere near as bad as it could have been. I know he walked off the field thinking he'd be out for a couple of months but we were all relieved to hear it was only a grade one tear and he could be good to go again in 10 days.

"I drove to Nottingham with him from Birmingham on Saturday morning and he’s dealing with not playing at Trent Bridge better than I would to be honest."

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