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England paceman Broad excited by ‘summer of our generation’

LONDON, Stuart Broad believes the England team

have a once in a lifetime opportunity as the country prepares to play host to

both a men's World Cup and Ashes this year.

For the first time since the inaugural men's World Cup in 1975, England

will be staging the two biggest events in its international calendar the

50over global showpiece and a Test series against Australia in the same

home season.

It's awesome, the summer of our generation, England paceman Broad said

Thursday. What an opportunity for the game to grow and inspire.

I look back to when I was a kid, you get inspired by big series like World

Cups and the Ashes, explained Broad, whose father Chris, an opening batsman,

was a key member of the England side that enjoyed a triumphant tour of

Australia in 1986/87.

That's the added pressure on us as players, the fourtime Asheswinner

said. We can make this a summer to remember by winning trophies.

No England men's team have yet won a oneday World Cup, with the 2010 World

Twenty20 their lone International Cricket Council trophy.

But Eoin Morgan's side, currently involved in a series with Pakistan, are

now top of the men's oneday international rankings.

Broad, now a Test specialist after appearing in 121 ODIs, believes a top

order set to feature Jason Roy, Jonny Bairstow, Joe Root, Morgan, Ben Stokes,

Jos Buttler and Moeen Ali surpasses any England have had in limited overs

cricket.

It's the men's best ever chance to win a 50over World Cup, he said at

the launch of the 2019 NatWest No Boundaries campaign, which aims to increase

access to cricket.

I've never seen a (England) ODI team go in with the quality this one has

got, particularly in the batting, the top seven.

England's firstround exit following a loss to Bangladesh at the 2015 World

Cup was the latest of several early departures from the tournament.

But that chastening defeat prompted a complete rethink of their approach to

the whiteball game.

They are a lot better (at oneday cricket), said former England captain

Michael Vaughan. We weren't good enough that's a fact.

'All the tools'

The victorious 2005 Ashes skipper added: This England side have got all

the tools required to win.

It's not going to be plain sailing, they are not going to have it all

their own way. There will be difficult tosses they might lose, they might get

on a tricky pitch in the semifinal like they did two years ago in the

Champions Trophy (when they lost to Pakistan in Cardiff).

I just think this England group, for the past four years since the last

World Cup have had a clear definition of the plan. In the past, we've kind of

arrived at a World Cup just hoping 'Freddie' (Andrew Flintoff) might just

produce a magic day, or KP (Kevin Pietersen) might do something, or back in

the day Alec Stewart might get you off to a good start.

This team have got a real clear plan for every person's role in the side.

You go from 111 and you could argue that every single player could get in

another team.

Vaughan, however, warned against underestimating reigning champions

Australia.

I'm concerned about the Aussies, I think they've just started to stumble

across something good at the right time, he said.

Pakistan are always a threat, India but they (England) have got everything

going for them.

Source: Bangladesh Sangbad Sangstha (BSS)