KEEPING LORD'S WORLD CLASS
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Stuart Broad is confident of returning to full fitness in time for England’s Test series with Sri Lanka. The second Test starts at Lord’s on Friday 3 June.
Broad suffered a broken rib which forced him to return home early from the ICC World Cup in the sub-continent.
That followed on from a side injury which forced him out of the Ashes tour after only two Test matches.
England kick-off another busy summer with three Tests against Sri Lanka, with the first Test in Cardiff finishing three days before the showdown at Lord’s.
Nottinghamshire all-rounder Broad has targeted his side’s LV County Championship match with Yorkshire, starting on 4 May, for his comeback as he bids for an immediate Test return.
"I feel in good nick for this season and I'm looking to get back in the international arena." said Broad, who made his first Test century against Pakistan at Lord's last season.
"I'm hoping to make my comeback on May 4 against Yorkshire and get three Championship games in and get some wickets before the first Test and help Nottinghamshire win some games.
"The injury is coming on well. I'm pleased it was a broken rib rather than a side strain because bone heals better than muscle and the side is an awkward area for bowlers."
England recorded a famous Ashes victory in their last Test outings, defending the famous Urn Down Under for the first time in 24 years.
In Sri Lanka and world number one ranked side India they face another stern examination this summer.
Both sides will be on a high after reaching the World Cup final, though eventual runners-up Sri Lanka have been rocked by Kumar Sangakkara’s resignation as captain and Trevor Bayliss stepping down as Coach.
Broad hopes England can continue their good form in Tests and beat their sub-continental opponents in familiar conditions.
"It's up to us to pick up where we left off in the Ashes series and start the season strongly because if we get the momentum we can cause some real damage this summer." said the 24-year-old.
"Obviously Sri Lanka and India are both world class teams, both reached the World Cup final and played fantastic cricket throughout that World Cup.
"They are very strong in their own conditions and it will be up to us to hit the summer hard and make sure we play good cricket in our own conditions."