|(Cricket) Broad believes in England ruthlessness
Stuart Broad has said he's proud to be a member of an England side that is “unpleasant'' to play against.
England's ruthless streak has been on display during the Ashes cricket series, where they are an unbeatable 3-0 up against Australia heading into this week's final test at The Oval in south London.
And fast-bowling all-rounder Broad, who credits a spell in Australian grade cricket with having made him a more hardened player, believes the entire approach of the England side under coach Andy Flower and captain Alastair Cook has been key to their success.
“There's one thing for sure about this England team and that's we're tough,'' Broad said. He stood out at the 74-run fourth test win at Chester-le-Street with a match-winning spell of six for 50 on the last day.
“We've come through tricky times and stand up when we need to be counted, which is quite an un-English thing. We want that to continue.
“There's no doubt the country is proud of this team and what we've achieved because fans like winning teams. We want to win and make them happy.
“We do have a win at all costs mentality. I think we're quite an unpleasant team to play against at the moment.
“Teams won't play against us and enjoy the experience. That's what we want.
“You always have a responsibility to the fans and youngsters because you're role models. You have to play hard but fair, that's how the spirit of the game is defined.
“We've been accused of all sorts, but those things aren't remembered, it's winning the series that will be remembered.''
England are now one win away from claiming four victories in a home Ashes for the first time.