Ashes 2013-14: Stuart Broad unconcerned by Aussie abuse
England paceman Stuart Broad was able to laugh off the boos he received from Australian fans on the first day of the Ashes after he took 5-65 as the
hosts were reduced to 273-8
"I actually really enjoyed it if I'm honest," Broad told BBC Sport.
"I braced myself to expect it, and I think I coped well - I was singing along at one stage.
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Jonathan AgnewBBC cricket correspondent
"Broad has been on the receiving end of plenty of flak from the Aussie press and fans - some of it tongue-in-cheek, but a lot of it quite personal as well - so to be able to show the ball to the crowd having taken five wickets is a real triumph."
Australia coach Darren Lehmann
gave a radio interview in August
in which he called Broad a "blatant cheat", hoped the Aussie fans "give it to him from the word go", and ended by saying "I hope he cries and goes home".
Broad said on Thursday: "I'm pleased my mum wasn't here, but I don't give it the time of day. We don't read the papers, it doesn't spur me on, and you don't need any more inspiration than playing for your country.
"In our medical assessments our psychologists said three players would thrive on abuse - me, Matt Prior and Kevin Pietersen. Ashes cricket brings the best out of me.
Broad thriving on jeers from crowd
"As a team we don't focus on the opposition. We've been like silent assassins on this trip going about our business, and it's a relief to start the series well."
After being booed when his name was announced, Broad's first delivery was a no-ball which was hit for four, but he picked up the first four wickets, removing Chris Rogers, Shane Watson, captain Michael Clarke and David Warner, before returning to break a century stand between wicketkeeper Brad Haddin and Mitchell Johnson, who became his fifth victim.
"I didn't bowl too well in the morning session, my first few overs weren't the best but getting Pup [Clarke] out gave me a lift," continued Broad, who has dismissed the Aussie skipper in six of his last eight Test innings.
"I wouldn't say I have a hold over him - he's obviously their star man and his record is phenomenal. The key was getting him in early enough with a hard enough ball to make that plan work.
"Haddin and Mitch played well, but if we can get through the new ball when we bat we can build a big score."
Tom FordyceChief sports writer at the Gabba
"Some sportsmen crumple under sustained abuse. Others flourish. While Mitchell Johnson's Ashes last time out were wrecked by that one repetitive song from the Barmy Army, Broad was never likely to follow suit."
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