Stuart Broad: “Give everything to this week, train hard and, if I get in the team, everything will be left on that field”; watch the first Test between England and New Zealand live on Sky Sports Cricket and Main Event from 10am on Thursday
Stuart Broad says he’s ready to give his “heart and soul” for England and leave everything on the field if selected for the first Test against New Zealand at Lord’s on Thursday.
Broad and James Anderson were both left out of England’s most recent Test series, in the West Indies in March, despite sharing a combined 1,177 Test wickets between them.
But the 35-year-old told reporters Tuesday that, despite the omission, he was able to keep a positive mindset after discussions with Nottinghamshire psychologist Chris Marshall.
“No, not at all,” Broad said when asked if he feared for his Test future. “I still felt like I had a lot to offer to the team.
“As a professional sportsperson, if you don’t believe you’re one of the best bowlers in the country then you’re stuffed, aren’t you? My mindset was still that I was in the best bowling group, particularly in England.
“Missing out on the West Indies was disappointing. But my approach was to take March off, chill out, and get really fresh, buzzing to play and come back with Notts ready to strike at the right time.
“I’ve actually done a lot of work with Chris Marshall, the Notts psychologist, on my mindset, because I think that’s the most important thing for me going forward.
“Rather than going through the summer and thinking, ‘I really want to make sure I’m fit for that second Test of the South Africa series’, life doesn’t work like that.
“It’s very much a case of be grateful for what I’ve got this week, give my heart and soul for this week, and then if I’m a bit stiff and sore next week or don’t play, they want to give a new bowler some experience, then great.
“Give everything to this week, train hard and, if I get in the team, everything will be left on that field.