Updated: 09/08/2012 06:44 | By pa.press.net

Broad happy with dressing room harmony



England's Stuart Broad is happy with team morale

England's Stuart Broad is happy with team morale

Stuart Broad insists it is vital all of England's players are "singing from the same hymn sheet" when they meet up for next week's third Investec Test with South Africa at Lord's.

Broad was speaking in the aftermath of Kevin Pietersen's post second Test press conference on Monday in which he claimed there were dressing room issues that needed to be resolved. Pietersen is also believed to be upset at a fake twitter account which is being followed by several members of the squad.

Nottinghamshire paceman Broad insists the dressing room environment is fine but stressed the need for any problems to be resolved before the next meeting with the Proteas. When asked if there were dressing problems, Broad told Sky Sports News: "To be honest, no, not really."

He added: "When we turn up for a Test match week it is very focused about that job, making sure we score runs and take wickets. There is not a lot of time for discussing that sort of stuff.

"But what is vital, and what needs to come out of this week, is that we turn up to Lord's with all 11 players making sure England win that Test and all our energies and focus is going towards that.

"If you just have one player slightly off, it can be quite damaging. It is important that once we get to Lord's as a group, whoever is there, we make sure we are fully there mentally and win that game."

Pietersen also hinted at feeling isolated in the dressing room but Broad insists spirits are high.

He said: "From that press conference, you could be led to think that (feeling isolated) but in the changing room it is an amazing place to play. We spend virtually every day together, it is thoroughly enjoyable, we have a laugh. There is not a better working environment to go into.

"You get out of bed to go and play with your mates for your country. It is one of the biggest honours you could ever have and within that changing room everyone values that. Certainly within the four walls, I wouldn't have thought there was a problem.

"But if there is a problem, it is important it gets sorted and we take the field at Lord's with 11 guys who want to win for England. What is important, is everyone in that changing room is singing from the same hymn sheet and we are there to win for England."

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