Tormentor in chief Broad feeling ‘pretty confident’ as he makes worrying forecast for Aussie batters

Tormentor in chief Broad feeling ‘pretty confident’ as he makes worrying forecast for Aussie batters

Stuart Broad is happy to keep playing the role of Australia’s tormentor-in-chief as he can feel a nation rekindling the Ashes spirit of 2005 to get behind another famous Edgbaston triumph for England.

“If you ask me what I want to see as I open my curtains in the morning – it’s a little bit of cloud and no rain,” smiled the veteran quick after a manic Monday when he perhaps made it ‘advantage England’ with a typically inspired late spell in which he bagged Marnus Labuschagne and Steve Smith.

“We feel pretty confident we can go and get seven wickets and if we turn up tomorrow and there’s a bit of cloud, I will definitely have a smile on my face,” smiled the 36-year-old, while accepting the match is still very much in the balance with Australia on 3-107, still needing another 174.

“There’s still a few results out there on the table. We’re obviously delighted to have (David) Warner, Marnus and (Steve) Smith back in the pavilion because they’re world-class, but we know they’ve got a lot of danger to come so we’ve got to be right on the money tomorrow.”

Rain could well yet intervene but the extra cloud cover that made l

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