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    Brief spell of 'madness' in Brisbane cost England, says Broad

    England players Stuart Broad, Alastair Cook and James Anderson at a training session.

    England players Stuart Broad, Alastair Cook and James Anderson at a training session. (AFP)

    Alice Springs, Australia: England pace bowler Stuart Broad says his side lost the first Ashes Test to Australia after a short "bit of madness" and plans to play tougher in the second Test beginning December 5 in Adelaide.

    England lost the first Test by 381 runs in four days and failed to reach 200 in either innings, including losing six wickets for nine runs in their first innings.

    Broad told Australian Associated Press after a sightseeing visit to Uluru (Ayers Rock) on Wednesday "we have to be honest, we lost that Test match with a 50-minute bit of madness before tea on the second day and naturally we're disappointed in the way that happened."

    England plays a two-day match against a Cricket Australia Chairman's XI at Alice Springs in central Australia beginning Friday.