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Youngsters can be key

4 August 2015

England seam bowler and Nottingham Forest fan Stuart Broad is excited by the prospect of seeing youngsters excel for The Reds this season.

Broad and his team-mates enjoyed a game of football at Forest’s Nigel Doughty Academy last night ahead of the fourth Ashes Test at Trent Bridge.

And, despite a busy summer for the Nottingham-born cricketer, Broad has been keeping up to date with goings on in the Forest camp ahead of the 2015-16 campaign.

He told Forest Player HD: “I’ve seen a few interviews about giving a few youngsters a go, which I don’t think is a bad thing.

“We have a lot of good youngsters at the club and, built around some good, experienced players, that can take you a long way. Young players give you a lot of energy and enthusiasm on the field.

“We’ve got a quality squad, haven’t we? Britt’s a big loss – he’s a natural goalscorer – so that’s a bit of a shame, but as a fan I’m quite excited by the talk of giving some youngsters a go along with keeping hold of some of our good players.

“It’s an exciting season. We got off to a flyer last year but if we can be a bit more consistent we’ll be in a good spot.”

England go into the Trent Bridge Test with a 2-1 advantage over Australia, meaning Broad has the opportunity to help his country to a series victory on his home ground.

And, while he accepts the match holds a great deal of personal significance for him, Broad is refusing to get carried away.

The 29-year-old said: “I love playing at Trent Bridge and I love the local support, so it’s certainly building up to being one of my biggest games. But you’ve got to stick to your basics and do your job.

“I’m certainly not thinking about winning the Ashes. I think that puts you in a dangerous place as a player. I’ve got to focus on that first hour on Thursday.

“You can take your mind off doing your routines and getting your basics right if you look at winning things at the end of week.

“You have to stay in the moment and that’s easy to do when you’re at home around your family.”

Click here to watch the full interview and footage from England’s session at the academy on YouTube.

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