Edgbaston will be tasty: Stuart Broad warns Australia of hostile reception ahead of Ashes opener

first_img India Today Web Desk BirminghamJuly 30, 2019UPDATED: July 30, 2019 10:13 IST England are heading into The Ashes 2019 as overwhelming favourites to retain the urn (Reuters Photo)HIGHLIGHTSBirmingham, Old Trafford and Headingley crowds will be lively, feels Stuart BroadEngland and Australia will play the first Test at Edgbaston cricket ground from August 1This will be the first Test series for Smith, Warner and Bancroft since their ball-tampering bans endedEngland’s Stuart Broad has sounded the first warning for Australia ahead of the first Ashes Test with the fast bowler saying that the opposition players should be ready for a “tasty” reception at the Edgbaston cricket ground on August 1.England have not lost a game in any format at Edgbaston since 2014 and are heading into the Ashes this year as the overwhelming favourites. The players are riding high on confidence after their maiden World Cup win earlier this month as well.Australia on the other hand, will have to deal with a hostile crowd apart from the dangerous English bowling and batting lineup.This will be the first Test series for the trio of Steve Smith, David Warner and Cameron Bancroft since the ill-fated Cape Town Test last year in which they admitted to ball-tampering and were banned for a year as a result, by Cricket Australia.Smith and Warner made their international comeback in the Cricket World Cup and were already subjected to boos and jeers from the crowd in the stadiums. And Broad reckons the trio can expect something similar in the Tests at Birmingham, Old Trafford and Headingley”Edgbaston will be tasty won’t it? I think you use it. I think they’d be wrong not to prepare and expect, certainly the Birmingham, Old Trafford and Headingley crowds to be quite lively. I think the atmosphere somewhere like Birmingham is just naturally brilliant.”The crowd come to see England try and win but have an amazing time with it. Look, Warner and Smith have played in front of many a big crowd and have had to warm to much abuse over their careers.advertisement”I’m sure the Barmy Army will make them slightly nervous because they are an intimidating unit, but I don’t think it will affect their performances,” Broad told cricket.com.au.But despite their fierce rivalry on the field, Broad is happy to see the likes of Smith and Warner back on the international scene.”I think Smith and Warner have been through a hellish last year for making a silly mistake. But a year’s punishment is pretty brutal, isn’t it? They’ve served their time, their punishment and I think the Ashes is a better prospect and series with both those two playing.”They’re two world-class players, two great competitors, two guys I’ve had brilliant battles with over a decent period of time, so I’m really delighted that they’ll be involved in the Ashes series. I think it makes the game a better spectacle with those two there,” Broad said.Also Read | Ashes 2019, England vs Australia Full Schedule: Venues and SquadsAlso Read | I was the Hot Spot guy: Marnus Labuschagne reveals his best Ashes memoryAlso Read | World Test Championship is another brilliant initiative for cricket: James AndersonFor sports news, updates, live scores and cricket fixtures, log on to indiatoday.in/sports. Like us on Facebook or follow us on Twitter for Sports news, scores and updates.Get real-time alerts and all the news on your phone with the all-new India Today app. Download from Post your comment Do You Like This Story? Awesome! Now share the story Too bad. Tell us what you didn’t like in the comments Posted byrohan sen Tags :Follow Stuart BroadFollow England VS AustraliaFollow Ashes 2019 Edgbaston will be tasty: Stuart Broad warns Australia of hostile reception ahead of Ashes openerAustralia will meet England in the first Test of The Ashes 2019 at the Edgbaston cricket ground, where the hosts haven’t lost a game in any format in three years.advertisementlast_img read more