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Cricket: Broad uses sports psychologist to prepare for Tests without fans

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LONDON: England pace bowler Stuart Broad has spoken to a sports psychologist to prepare for Test cricket's return behind closed doors.

England start a three-Test series against the West Indies in Southampton on Jul 8, but fans will be absent due to the coronavirus.

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Broad thrives on the tension of Test battles and, while he doesn't think it will be impossible to shine in the silence of empty stadiums, he opted to get expert advice ahead of the series.

"The games will feel a bit different with no crowds but I think cricket is in a slightly different position to sports like football and rugby," Broad said on Sunday.

"Our domestic game in red ball cricket, a lot of the time we play in front of smaller crowds, so we are not relying on the atmosphere or the crowds to drive us forward.

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"International cricket certainly will be more of a mental test to make sure each player is right up for the battle.

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"I'm very aware of that, I've already spoken to our sport psychologist about creating a mindset around making sure I can get my emotions up to where they need to be for me to perform at my best."

In such unusual circumstances amid the health crisis, Broad wanted to make sure he was in the right frame of mind to face a West Indies team who beat England when they last met in a Test series in 2019.

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