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Broad hits back at Pakistan captain’s Ashes claim

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Stuart Broad has hit back at Salman Butt’s prediction that England’s bowlers will struggle to take wickets in this winter’s Ashes series.

Pakistan captain Butt, whose side is currently trailing England 2-1 in the four-Test npower series, claimed Australia are favourites to win the famous urn, as conditions Down Under will not suit Broad and his fellow seamers.

But Broad is adamant England’s bowling attack will prosper in Australia – and the 24-year-old is highly confident of being part of an Ashes triumph once again.

“We have no fear going to Australia, and we certainly have the skills necessary to go and win the Ashes over there,” said Broad.

“We are very confident in our attack. We have bowled fantastically well this summer, in the conditions we’ve had. We have bowled Pakistan out very cheaply in all but one innings.

“We are all very confident in what we do. We have the best spinner in the world in Graeme Swann, and some very skilful seamers too.

“Everyone will have an opinion on the Ashes, because it is such a huge series. But what opposition players and opposition captains say has no impact on us and what we are going to do. We have great confidence in our ability.”

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