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Ton-up Stuart Broad aiming to shine

By David Clough

Stuart Broad's 100th Test cap will be one of his proudest moments - and also a chance to prove what he can do in one of his final frontiers.

Broad has earned his status as a modern England great, with 360 Test wickets at the age of 30 and a clutch of match and series-winning performances.

Yet of his 99 Test appearances to date, only three have come in India. He has had precious little success either, taking just two wickets for 290 runs and having found himself a frustrated and peripheral figure on his last trip when injury curtailed his involvement in England's memorable 2-1 series triumph.

As they return, again under Alastair Cook, Broad is hoping he can begin to demonstrate his true capabilities in these conditions when he reaches that century in Rajkot tomorrow.

Broad has his eye on further pavilions - two more Ashes series, to start - but he knows the here and now is all important.

"It is very much a chance to show what I can do (in India)," he said. "I probably shouldn't have played that series - I wasn't fit. I think I only bowled 25 overs in the series.

"I lacerated the fat pad in my left heel before the first Test match in the warm-up game, and the scans just didn't show it.

"It was a frustrating period for me, but I feel in a pretty good place at the moment and I'm excited to get going.

"I think we are coming here as massive underdogs... India have got to No.1 in the world, so we're aware this is a huge challenge.

"It makes you want to become a better bowler because you need to keep improving to live at this level.

"I try not to think about end of careers because I think that makes you slow down. I want to play in big series, and that counts at least two more Ashes."

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