England certain on Broad fitness

June 24, 2011 at 11:35 am Leave a comment


England officials say Stuart Broad will be fit to lead the T20 team for the first time, when they face Sri Lanka this weekend.

The pace bowler was recently named as the Twenty20 skipper, replacing Paul Collingwood – who has been omitted from the limited-overs squads for the forthcoming series’.

Broad, who has struggled with injury since pulling out of the Ashes series Down Under earlier this year, suffered a problem in the final Test at the Rose Bowl last week.

But the ECB insist it is nothing more than a ‘niggle’ and that the Nottinghamshire ace, who turns 25 on Friday, will be fit to play against the tourists at Bristol. Anyone looking at the England cricket odds shouldn’t be too concerned.

It has also been announced that “going forward”, Eoin Morgan will be vice-captain to Broad in the Twenty20 squad.

The 24-year-old has now established himself in all three forms of the game at international level, with the Middlesex batsman enjoying an excellent limited-overs record.

After deciding to make himself available for England, having started his career with his native Ireland, Morgan has played 16 T20 internationals. The Dubliner has scored 473 runs in those matches, at an average of 47.30.

Despite only making his debut for England in 2009, Morgan has quickly established himself as a key member of the team in the middle order.

England have yet to name an official deputy to Alastair Cook in the 50-over team, but it is thought the vice-captain will be named before the upcoming five-match ODI series.

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