Ready for Ashes, says Broad

London: England fast bowler Stuart Broad has said he will be willing to tour Australia later this year for the Ashes series and has urged honchos at the England & Wales Cricket Board to negotiate acceptable arrangements for the team that’ll give them the best chance to be mentally strong and comfortable enough to compete in the series.

The 35-year-old fast bowler, who is recovering from a calf injury, ruled out the possibility of the tour getting cancelled completely even if there is a chance of high-profile players pulling out of the tour.

If you ask me if I would be happy to get on a plane to Australia in November, I would say yes. I am working tirelessly to get there, Broad wrote in his column in the Daily Mail. I don’t feel there will be a postponement. In my mind, it is 100 percent clear that an England team of some description will embark on the tour. But if another player called me and told me they couldn’t commit, I would totally accept it. Everyone has to make their own decision and Ashley Giles, England’s director of cricket, has made it clear a player’s chances of selection in the future will not be harmed if they opt out in these circumstances.’