Stuart set for 'big, big game'
Article posted: 15 August 2012
It is a magnificent place to play cricket and Test matches at Lord’s are always wonderful occasions
Stuart Broad says England will put all thoughts of remaining the number one Test team in the world to one side when they face South Africa at Lord’s on Thursday.
England, trailing 1-0 in the series, must win the third and final Test to preserve their ranking, but that is something Broad is not thinking about ahead of the match.
"I know we will lose our world number one status if we do not win this Test but that is definitely not something we are thinking about,” Broad wrote in his Daily Mail column. "That can affect us if we look too far forward.
"We certainly don’t need any extra motivation. This is a big, big game and we need to make sure we hit the ground running and get on with the important matter of winning it."
Broad took five wickets during the second Test at Headingley last week and claimed 11 wickets in his last appearance at the home of cricket against the West Indies in May.
"We have played good cricket at Lord’s, winning six of our last seven games there," he said. "It will be interesting to see what the wicket is like for this game.
"It is a magnificent place to play cricket and Test matches at Lord’s are always wonderful occasions. I am sure there will be a passion and support for us from the cricketing public and we have to get it right from the very start."
Read Stuart’s column in the Daily Mail HERE.