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Thu, 29 Aug 2013 15:30:00 GMT | By Star Sports

Can’t bowl until you break your back: Broad

England pacer Stuart Broad has defended the selection of the squad for the ODI series against Australia that follows the Ashes.


Can’t bowl until you break your back: Broad

Speaking to Sky Sports on the eve of their first T20I against Australia, Broad said, "Some people might forget that we got to the Champions Trophy final, some guys have played five pretty much back-to-back Ashes Test matches so I suppose the other way to go is to bowl until you pretty much break your back. But fortunately we get looked after better than that now."

"I'd be hesitant to be too disrespectful to the players who are going to put on the England shirt and go and play.

"It's a hugely-talented squad and there will be some very exciting players who will get their opportunity against the Aussies.

England have rested James Anderson, Alastair Cook, Ian Bell, Graeme Swann, and Stuart Broad for the five-match ODI series which begins on September 6 at Headingley.

Earlier, former England skipper Michael Vaughan had criticized the selection and said on Twitter, “I would have only rested Captain Cook.. Plenty of time to rest from Sept 16th - Nov 21st!!!? Can't sell tickets then rest 5 star names!!!! No problems resting players but I think supporters who have paid good money to watch the best should get a small refund..."

Speaking about the need for increasing bench strength, Broad said, “As an ODI team we are building towards 2015 World Cup, there's no doubt about that. We need to have a big group of players going into the World Cup who have an experience of international caps. They wouldn't be in squad if they are not good enough to play.

"That ODI squad will be very focused on beating Australia. I know if I was paying to go and watch I want to go and watch England beating Australia. That's it."

England drew the fifth Ashes Test and won the trophy for a third consecutive time. They play two T20Is against Australia which will be followed by the ODI series.

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