Broad relishing leadership role
Stuart Broad is “absolutely delighted” to have been appointed England’s new Twenty20 captain and is eagerly anticipating the challenges that lie ahead.
The talented Nottinghamshire all-rounder was given the nod to skipper the national team in the shortest format of the game on a day that also saw Alastair Cook replace Andrew Strauss as one-day captain.
Broad himself succeeds Paul Collingwood and knows he has some big shoes to fill after the Durham man led England to ICC World Twenty20 glory in the Caribbean last year - their only trophy on a global stage to date.
But the 24-year-old, who has taken 35 wickets in his 29 international T20 matches, was at pains to stress he is focused on helping the side defend their crown when they travel to Sri Lanka next year.
Asked how it felt to be named captain, Broad told ecb.co.uk: “I’m absolutely delighted. Captaining your country is something you dream about and I’m very excited about the opportunity to help this England side continue its good form and help it improve.
“It’s a huge moment in my life but on-the-field stuff is much more important.
“It’s important that we continue the form we’ve showed. We don’t have a huge amount of opportunity before the next World Cup to continue that form, six or seven games I think, so it’s crucial that whenever we get the opportunities, we take them.”
Broad admitted he will be feeling a mixture of nerves and elation when he first leads England out against next year’s World Twenty20 hosts on June 25 at Bristol.
“I’m sure I’ll be slightly nervous but I’m hugely excited,” he said. “It’s my first captaincy experience so I’ll have to take a lot in and get used to it.
"But we’ve got some fantastic players around and some hugely exciting talent and I look forward to help nurture that along and be a successful team.”
Broad is aware that his temperament has been called into question in the past and, although he embraces his intensity, he wants to take a mature approach in the future.
He said: “I’m always a very passionate guy when I go on the field so I’m naturally going to lead the team in a passionate way, but I’ve always thought the best captains are clear thinkers and make very clear decisions and when they speak. They make key points that can help the team move forward.
“It can be perceived sometimes that I’m very passionate out there but actually when I get in the changing room and I have a point to make, I speak very clearly and don’t rant and rave.”
Broad was also quick to pay tribute to his predecessor Collingwood, adding that the veteran helped him to become a better player.
And he is determined to use some of the lessons gleaned from their successful World Twenty20 campaign in Sri Lanka next year.
Broad said: “It’s testament to Colly’s character, he was the first guy to call me yesterday, which was obviously fantastic of him, and he wished me all the best in the role.
“I learnt a huge amount from him. I thought the way we played the Twenty20 World Cup in the Caribbean last year was exceptional and it’s a huge template to take forward into the next one because we’ll go there under a good amount of pressure as the champions and it’s not something we want to relinquish without a fight.”
Broad revealed he is already looking forward to captaining England in a global competition, but he knows there is still plenty of work to be done.
He added: “It’s a long way off. We’ve got some building to do before then but it’ll be a fantastic moment and a fantastic tournament to be involved in.
“They're always very exciting and I suppose it adds a little bit more excitement going there as England captain.
“But more importantly, we have to focus on what we do with the bat and ball to make sure we’re in a strong position to win that.”