MCG fight no false hope: Stuart Broad

Stuart Broad insists this time is going to be different for England.

England's Stuart Broad was the chief destroyer against Australia on day two of the Boxing Day test.

England's Stuart Broad was the chief destroyer against Australia on day two of the Boxing Day test.

Different compared to four years ago, when the wheels came off amid a whitewash that ended careers.

But also different compared to the previous three Tests, were they were competitive at various points but ruined their hopes of victory by capitulating at clutch moments.

The tourists will resume at 2-192 on day three of the fourth Ashes Test, trailing by 135 runs.

They have never been two down for so many runs during the current series. Broad says his side are "in a fantastic position" to win the dead rubber.

"Two down on a pitch where you'd probably think days two and three would be the best time to bat potentially," Broad said, having snared 4-51 on day two.

"We know Australia will hit back hard tomorrow morning, that's something we did as a bowling unit this morning.

"We want that scoreboard pressure ... it's going to be a bowling unit's biggest attribute on a pitch like this."

Broad suggested there was a completely different feel among the touring party compared to their miserable 2013-14 campaign.

"The atmosphere is actually really good. It's a very different timings," he said.

"Four years ago it was an older group coming to the end of an amazing cycle.

"Whereas this is a new captain, quite a new group still learning the ropes in Test cricket but still putting in good performances.

"It's a group that is very hungry at training, very competitive and wanting to improve. It's a really enjoyable environment."

Broad revealed England used the blueprint offered by former bowling coach David Saker, now mentoring Australia's quicks, in a story leading up to the fourth Test.

"We saw an interview Sakesy did before the Test, talking about how important reverse-swing is at the MCG," he said.

"It's proven (correct). It doesn't really seam or swing conventionally."

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