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Whenever a new management team comes in, it’s always a bit of a stressful time because you never know if you are a player that they want to move forward with.
The uncertainty has been no different for me over the past few weeks with England, but I feel the way I play my cricket and the aggressive approach that I like to take on to the field suits the characteristics of Rob Key, Ben Stokes and Brendon McCullum.
Quite simply, I’m really looking forward to getting going against New Zealand next week after being selected in the first Test squad of the summer. So far, I’ve had only one, very brief cricket chat on the phone with Brendon, but I’m positive about what lies ahead.
Stuart Broad says he has no long-term targets apart from helping England's new regime
Of course, you can never guarantee performances, but what I can guarantee at the start of this new era is something I always have done — my heart and soul will go into playing at Lord’s. After being left out over the winter, it is really refreshing to be forward facing and only setting my focus in one direction. There will be no looking back because there is no need for it.
Decisions that were made on selection in 2020, 2021 and the start of 2022 do not affect what is going to happen now in June, so it is up to me to put in performances to drive this team forward.
In most walks of life, if you keep looking back over your shoulder at things that have happened in the past, it can be quite draining, so I’ve made that face forward commitment to myself.
It has given me a lot of energy in my early season performances at Nottinghamshire and to resume a Test career that at 152 caps is certainly more than halfway through! In all seriousness, though, although I know my future became a topic of interest when I was overlooked for the Caribbean, with regards to what remains of my career, that is not something I am focused on.
Broad says previous performances mean nothing and he still has to drive this team forward
There are no long-term targets. I am just trying to have as positive an impact as I can, as soon as I can, under this regime.
At some point, I will need to get into a room with Ben, Brendon and the new selector when they are appointed, to ask for some clarity, both what they want for me and what I