Broad targets big Sydney finale

31 December 2017 19:40:41 GMTPlus10

Stuart Broad is eager to finish a disappointing Ashes series on a high note by helping England push for victory in the fifth Test against Australia in Sydney.

Broad put in a much-improved performance as the tourists claimed a draw in the fourth Test at the MCG, ensuring that a whitewash is now out of the question.

We dearly want to finish on a high note.

Stuart Broad

He claimed five wickets and scored 56 with the bat to answer some of the criticism of his displays in the opening three Tests, all of which were lost.

His wickets in Melbourne left him just two short of the 400-mark in Test cricket, leaving the 31-year-old looking to end the series on a high note both personally and for the team.

He told the Mail on Sunday: "I'm now only two wickets away from 400 in Tests, but I wish I'd already reached that landmark, because that would have meant I'd had a more productive series.

"It would be a lovely figure to reach in Sydney and beyond that I'm hoping for a big 2018 because, numbers-wise, this year hasn't been the greatest for me.

"The best way to start the year would be victory in the final Test. We're desperate to achieve that.

"It has been a tough tour and Australia are an extremely good team in their own conditions. We dearly want to finish on a high note."

Broad is available at 3.75 to be top first innings bowler for England at the SCG, with James Anderson priced at 3.25 and Chris Woakes 4.50.

The fifth and final Ashes Test gets under way on Wednesday 3rd January, with the hosts hoping to have paceman Mitchell Starc available after a heel problem saw him miss out in Melbourne.

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