Broad: We didn't do a lot wrong

England

England fast bowler Stuart Broad emerged satisfied, after Cricket Australia's Invitational XI moved to 271 for five on day one of an important four-day tour fixture at the Sydney Cricket Ground.

England fast bowler Stuart Broad emerged satisfied, after Cricket Australia's Invitational XI moved to 271 for five on day one of an important four-day tour fixture at the Sydney Cricket Ground.

The visiting bowling attack, maintaining fitness and searching for form ahead ahead of the first Ashes Test next week, spent 90 overs in the field on Wednesday. While five reasonably early wickets brought promise of a shorter stint, and unbroken 178-run stand between batsman Ryan Carters and Peter Nevill insisted on the full extent.

Broad was the pick of the seamers. The lanky right-armer secured figures of three for 36 in 20 overs, including the key dismissals of the threatening Aaron Finch and Callum Ferguson.

The tall Steven Finn, meanwhile, was promising in patches – but the Ireland-born Boyd Rankin was unable to set himself apart from fellow Test contender Chris Tremlett. Spinner Graeme Swann characteristically complemented the attack, while part-timers Joe Root and Jonathan Trott made up the numbers during quiet periods.

"It was good for us to have 90 overs out there. We kept going throughout the day, our energies were fantastic and that's testament to the guys out there," <i>Sky Sports</i> quoted Broad as saying.

"We started really well. It was a little bit green this morning so there was a bit of help for the seam bowlers but once the sun got on the wicket half hour, an hour after lunch it just did nothing.

"It was good to get those five wickets early and we perhaps should have got a couple more but we didn't do a lot wrong. It was just a good time to bat in those last couple of hours and it is up to us to come back and apply some more pressure."

The 27-year-old Broad, meanwhile, negated former leg-spinner Shane Warne and recalled fast bowler Mitchell Johnson's recent public comments. The former has labelled captain Alastair Cook's approach "boring" and the latter has earmarked batsman Jonathan Trott as a target.

"Everyone is talking about the Ashes now, especially in Australia. I think the Aussies are excited about their chances but for an England side, the 17 guys in the squad, it is not important what people from Australia and Cricket Australia say," he added.

"It is irrelevant to our preparations and irrelevant how we operate. We are here to play cricket, to play tough cricket, and to make sure that we get ourselves ready for that because you do your talking on the field – and that is something England do."