Australia are 2/7 with Sky Bet to win the Ashes and look set to head to England in winning form after wrapping up a nine-wicket victory over West Indies on Friday in the first match of their two-Test series, but fast bowler Broad expects England to provide them with a tough test under new coach Trevor Bayliss. ?? ????
Broad, who was at Epsom to watch the Derby, told Sky Sports News HQ: ???Australia are in fantastic form but we also have to remember that our record in England is really good.
???Australia haven???t won an Ashes series in England since 2001, which is quite a long time, so we have to realise our strengths. We can???t fear the Australians, we can???t build the Australians up to be something they???re not.
???We have to go into the Ashes Series with a lot of belief that we can win that and perform to our ability.
???I actually believe that if we have our key players perform; the likes of Alastair Cook who has come back into some amazing form, we know the damage he can do at the top of the order, Joe Root in the middle and obviously we have got some good bowlers.
???I think if we perform to the best of our ability we will be right up there.???
Broad is also predicting an exciting five-match series if England continue to produce the type of positive cricket under Australian Bayliss that has just led to a thrilling two-match drawn series against New Zealand.
???To be honest I???ve never met Trevor,??? he said. ???But I???ve heard some really good reports, he likes the players to take responsibility, etc. We saw from the New Zealand series that when we played attacking, on-the-front-foot cricket it really suited us.
???So the players will be keen to continue that sort of front-foot cricket. It???s exciting to watch, it???s exciting to play and if we do that I think the Ashes Series will be a special one to watch.???
Broad has been rested for the forthcoming one-day international series against New Zealand and has reluctantly accepted that decision ahead of the first Ashes Test which starts in Cardiff on July 8.
???You want to be involved in every game that England play as a player,??? he said.
???But there has been quite a lot of discussion throughout the winter about there being 16 Test matches this year, so trying to stay as fresh as possible for that.
???So Jimmy (Anderson) and myself, Ian Bell, Mo (Moeen Ali) are going to get some red-ball cricket in, because obviously the Ashes coming up is a huge time for us, five pretty much back-to-back Test matches and we want to stay as fresh as possible to try and regain that urn.???