Broad demands strong start under Cook

Andover Advertiser: Stuart Broad, pictured, has called on England's players to get Alastair Cook's reign as captain off to a good start Stuart Broad, pictured, has called on England's players to get Alastair Cook's reign as captain off to a good start

Stuart Broad has stressed the importance of launching the reign of new England Test captain Alastair Cook in a positive manner.

Four Tests and five one-day internationals await England on their winter tour to India, with the squad departing for their Dubai training camp in two weeks.

"It's a new chapter for English cricket and it's crucial that as players we get behind Alastair and get him off on the right foot," Broad said.

Cook will be taking charge of the Test team for the first time since succeeding Andrew Strauss in August, although he oversaw two victories against Bangladesh in 2010.

Broad added: "Alastair was the obvious choice to replace Andrew. He's done really well with the one-day side.

"It was very sad to see Andrew go, he was a fantastic captain and I played a lot of my cricket under him. He's been very inspiring."

The 26-year-old all-rounder speaks highly of Strauss he insists that now is the time to unite behind Cook.

"It's important to remember those awesome times, but also to look forward to the future with Cook," he said. "I believe he will be a fantastic captain for England."

The vice-captaincy remains vacant and Broad is interested in the post, with the World Twenty20 in Sri Lanka having whetted his appetite for leadership.

"It hasn't been discussed. But any leadership role within the England side is a huge honour," he said. "It's an important role if you do get it. I enjoyed being captain at the World Twenty20."

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