Stuart Broad emphasises on need for batsmen to set up matches

The centrepiece of England's season will be the Ashes series against Australia starting in July but Broad insisted New Zealand were more than a side show.

updated: May 15, 2013 09:36 IST
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London: Stuart Broad believes England's top-order batsmen hold the key to victory in their upcoming two-Test series against New Zealand that starts on Thursday (May 16).

While it is a truism that Broad and the rest of the England attack must take 20 wickets if they are to win any Test, big scores from the team's batsmen give bowlers runs to play with and put pressure on the opposition.

That was certainly the case during England's victorious Ashes tour of Australia in 2010-11 where they won 3-1 on the back of a trio of innings victories.

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