The second-innings collapse on the Melbourne Cricket Ground led to an innings and 14-run defeat which secured Australia an unassailable 3-0 lead within the sequence and the precise to carry onto the tiny urn till 2023.
Broad’s absence from two of the three matches within the sequence up to now has confounded many observers, together with Australia’s Steve Smith, however the 35-year-old will likely be again bowling in tandem with James Anderson on the Sydney Cricket Ground (SCG).
Ollie Robinson and Chris Woakes each have shoulder accidents, Thorpe stated, so Mark Wood and spinner Jack Leach will spherical out the specialist bowling unit.
Ben Stokes will add seam help and Thorpe stated he hoped the charismatic all-rounder would take out the frustrations of a disappointing tour on the Australians.
“I hope we’ve got a couple of caged tigers coming into this match, Ben being one of them and Stuart Broad another,” Thorpe instructed reporters on the SCG on the eve of the match.
“Getting the players into the right frame of mind is important. I think they want put in a performance for themselves and collectively for the team.”
Thorpe has been making ready the squad within the absence of head coach Chris Silverwood, who was unable to journey to Sydney for the Test after an outbreak of COVID-19 within the England camp.
The former Test batsman stated the well being protocols put in place to make sure the sequence went forward had been a distraction for the gamers.
“Preparations have been tough … we’ve had the distractions of COVID, which have been challenging to say the least,” Thorpe added.
“But we also know that we haven’t played good enough cricket when we’ve been out in the middle either. We’ve got an opportunity this week at a great cricket ground to put in a really good performance.”
PLAYING XI: Haseeb Hameed, Zak Crawley, Dawid Malan, Joe Root (captain), Ben Stokes, Jonny Bairstow, Jos Buttler, Mark Wood, Jack Leach, Stuart Broad, Jimmy Anderson