Speedy England veteran Stuart Broad has vowed to leave his ‘heart and soul’ on the pitch should he get a Test recall against New Zealand at Lord’s this week. James Anderson and Broad, England’s two best wicket takers of all time, were controversially left out of the squad which lost 1-0 in a three-game West Indies series earlier this year. But the new ball duo could be back in the squad for the first of a three-game campaign against defending World Test champions New Zealand at Lord’s from Thursday in what will be the first Ben Stokes game since being named permanent England captain after Joe Root resigned.
Although Broad, 35, took 537 wickets in 152 Tests, he said on Tuesday he was treating his return to the England squad as if he were yet to make his debut.
When asked if there were any scars after being dropped by England, he told Lord’s reporters: “Not at all, I’m fine… I’m going with the mindset to attack every week and leave my heart and soul on the field.
“I’m taking back my mindset like I haven’t played any Test cricket and have no experience. You don’t look too far when you make your Test debut, you’re just excited to play the next match .
“I just want to feel fresh and attack Lord’s strategy, leave my heart and soul on this ground and move on.”
He added: “I’ve completely stopped watching what’s going to happen in August or November. I can’t control that, it’s too far gone. I’m just going to give it my all for a test match week, try to win this week, learn from it and move on to the next one.
“It could also be a really good mindset for the team because if we start looking and planning too far ahead you can lose that focus on what’s right in front of you. Right now we have the champions of the test world with us.”
As well as a new captain, England also have a new Test coach in former New Zealand skipper Brendon McCullum, who takes over with England on a dismal 17-match winning streak.
“It was a big change in leadership over the team’s head and there are some really good guys there and we can’t wait to get moving on the pitch,” Broad said.
For Broad, the prospect of a Test recall could cap a memorable few days in London after the Nottingham Forest fan saw the club promoted to Premier League football with victory in the play-off final at Wembley at the weekend last.
“I’m flying, I’m just excited to be there,” Broad said.
“The chance to be home of cricket and home of football in the same week, if you had told my 12-year-old self that I wouldn’t have believed you.
“It’s going to be a great week.”
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