Broad relishing home return
Stuart Broad is hoping to relive one of the finest moments of his career when England take on West Indies in the second Test at Trent Bridge.
Broad plays his county cricket at the ground for Nottinghamshire and flourished in familiar surroundings last year when he took a hat-trick against India.
The venue lit up as Broad removed Mahendra Singh Dhoni, Harbhajan Singh and Praveen Kumar with successive deliveries and, after taking 11 wickets in a man-of-the-match display at Lord's in the first Test, he is ready for more of the same.
"It was definitely one of the highlights of my career. I love playing at Trent Bridge. It's a fantastic ground, the home support is brilliant and looking back to last summer it was great to get the win," he said.
"We got the new ball when India were in a very strong position and when the sun is out Trent Bridge can can play very well for the batsmen.
"I remember Straussy said 'Let's go for broke. Let's try to hit the stumps. Don't worry too much about the runs because we need to make to make some breakthroughs'. Fortunately that worked me.
"I don't think it could have been much better. It was a Saturday evening about 5pm and the crowd was really lively. The atmosphere was incredible when I bowled Kumar for the hat-trick. It went wild.
"I have very fond memories of that."
The tourists put up an impressive display at Lord's having been given little chance of victory coming into the match.
But that has not stopped talk of star batsman Chris Gayle being summoned to play a part in the series.
He has not played Test cricket since December 2010 due to a disagreement with the West Indies Cricket Board, but the two parties appear closer than ever to reconciliation.
With his Indian Premier League commitments at an end he is theoretically available for the third Test, but Broad insists he is not currently a concern for England.
"We haven't looked at any footage of Chris," said Broad.
"He's not currently in the squad so we'd be silly to do that. If he gets named in the team we'll do our research and of course we expect to see him in the ODIs and T20s, but until we hear otherwise he's not on our radar."
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