Broad expects India backlash
Stuart Broad is desperate to improve on his first outing as England Twenty20 captain when his side face India at Old Trafford.
Last Updated: 30/08/11 3:02pm
Stuart Broad is desperate to improve on his first outing as England Twenty20 captain when his side face India at Old Trafford on Wednesday night.
The all-rounder's opening fixture as skipper ended in a nine-wicket defeat against Sri Lanka earlier in the summer, with Broad failing to contribute a run or a wicket.
And he told reporters on Tuesday: "We didn't perform as well as we'd have liked against Sri Lanka. We didn't get enough runs on the board, we don't need to look too much further into it.
"It's difficult in these one-off games but it's important we take these opportunities. We want to start tomorrow really strongly, whether we bat or bowl first.
"There'll be a full house at Old Trafford and (India) are a fantastic Twenty20 side, so we've got to be on the money.
"You've got the 50-over world champions and the Twenty20 world champions going at each other - it's going to be an exciting game and the players are really looking forward to it."
Broad is under no illusions as to the task facing England despite India's abject showing in the recent four-Test series.
He said: "India suffered with a few injuries, that happens on any tour, but they've got a lot of talent around with the young players coming through and any side that can bring Rahul Dravid in is going to be strong."
Broad offered assurances over Kevin Pietersen's fitness after the batsman, who has been rested for the five one-day internationals which follow Wednesday's clash, took a nasty blow while batting in practice.
"He's fine," said Broad. "He got hit in the throat a little bit but he's pulled up fine."
Pietersen should therefore take his place in a batting line-up which could feature a handful of new faces in Alex Hales, Jos Buttler and Ben Stokes.
"They're exciting talents, they've had great domestic Twenty20 seasons and they performed well today, it's exciting to have them around," said the Nottinghamshire all-rounder.
On Nottinghamshire county colleague Hales, who is expected to head the England order, Broad added: "We're not sure on the final XI yet, but that's the role he's done well throughout this season and he's an exciting talent."
The injury problems which dogged India's batting line-up during the Tests have continued, with opener Gautam Gambhir doubtful.
The left-hander, who had suffered an elbow injury earlier in the Test series, was concussed after hitting his head on the ground as he dropped a catch in the fourth Test at the Oval.
Dhoni is hopeful the 29-year-old will return but told reporters: "It all depends on what the specialist has to say and, after that, what the physio says."
On the impact of Gambhir's potential absence, he said: "He's done really well, not only opening but he has also batted at number three when we had Virender Sehwag and Sachin Tendulkar (opening). He's a opener who also plays the spin department really well.
"But as I always say, you can't control injuries and hopefully somebody else will stand up and take the responsibility."