The Ashes is nearly here which means (all fingers crossed) that we can look forward to another year of stuffing those bloody Aussies again. They might have the weather, better animals and those daft hats with dangly corks, but we're totally the bossmen of cricket.

Stuart Broad tells us why this year's going to be amazing...
 
You get to have that rivalry against Australia back. I think every sportsman loves it, every fan loves it – England against Australia, it doesn’t get any bigger.

It’s going to be a fantastic summer for a change, so being able to do my job in nice weather, outside, in front of full houses around England - it doesn’t get any better.

I'm going to put on about two stone. Lords is quite famous for its incredible lunches, so getting to play a test match at Lords again for five days is amazing.

The atmosphere is always brilliant. There tends to be a lot of banter between the fans and the players. I get a bit of stick from the Aussie crowd, our English crowd give the Aussies a bit of stick; it's all light-hearted, but it makes the atmosphere absolutely incredible.

The Ashes video game is really good this year. I’ve been playing it just now. I got caught cover for three, so it’s pretty realistic!

I'll be playing at my home ground in Nottingham, Trent Bridge. That will be a massive career highlight for me.

With the Aussies, you always tend to get some sledging - I’m looking forward to seeing what they’ve come up with this year.

Finally, I’m looking forward to potentially lifting the urn at the end of it all...

Go get 'em, Broady!

WORDS: Bob Palmer