Broad: Opening match record is not great

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England fast bowler Stuart Broad says it's baffling to him how his side tends to fail in the first match of a Test series, but feels confident that, like before, they'll be able to bounce back in Adelaide.

England fast bowler Stuart Broad says it's baffling to him how his side tends to fail in the first match of a Test series, but feels confident that, like before, they'll be able to bounce back in Adelaide.

Australia won the first Ashes Test in Brisbane by a whopping 381 runs, and with a day to spare, and Broad conceded that England did not have a good track record when it came to starting a tour with a win.

Broad said: "If we judged the English cricket side on the first match of the series, we'd be the worst side in the world – because we don't have a good record in that.

"I can't put my finger on why, but it's something we need to improve. One thing is that we know we can get better throughout the series.

"Adelaide will be a huge Test match, to get back into the series, but we have confidence and experience we can do that.

"We have a group of players who are strong. They know when they've made mistakes and (need to) put them right."

Broad was inevitably asked about batsman Jonathan Trott's departure from the tour due to depression, and while the paceman didn't want to say much about it, he did admit the players were gutted to lose a key member of the side.

He said: "It's heartbreaking for us to lose Trotty. He's been part of the side for four or five years – he's a fantastic guy.

"He gave us a lot of solidity in the number three spot. But the important thing is he's got the support of the changing room he's played with for 49 Tests.

"Everyone's looking out for him, and he gets a bit of privacy at home to get himself right. We wish him very well from Australia here."

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