England fast bowler Stuart Broad has thrown his support behind under-pressure captain Alastair Cook. Speculations have been rife over Cook’s future as the captain of the England team after a string of poor results.
The English team has failed to win its last three Test series including the home series against Pakistan and the series in Bangladesh and are trailing the ongoing five-match series in India by 3-0 but Broad insists the 32-year-old is still the best man to lead the Three Lions in the five-day format.
In his column for Daily Mail, the fast bowler wrote:” We have a long break until our next Test in July and I think that will do a lot of players good because we are a tired team at the moment.
“And when the next Test challenges come around against South Africa, West Indies and then in Australia I firmly believe Alastair Cook is still the man to be our captain. He is a brilliant man to lead the team, he brings calmness to the top order and he is a fantastic player in all conditions — not least Australian ones,” Broad added.
The bowler said the left-handed batsman has age on his side as well as the support of his teammates.
Broad wrote:”We want him leading from the front next winter and I think he knows he is still the best man for the job. He turns 32 on Christmas Day which is still young for a captain and there are challenges ahead for this team that we all need Cooky’s help with. I hope he now chills out when he goes home and re-energises — for the team and himself.”
However, it’ll be interesting to see whether Cook will be willing to continue as the captain or not. His team has lost five out of the last seven matches and his comments regarding his deputy Joe Root after the Mumbai Test when the skipper said that Root is ‘ready to captain’ has escalated the suspicions over his desire to step down as the skipper.