Collingwood has already had an impact on the team, says Stuart Broad

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“He’s energetic, he’s very positive, and he’s what you would call a good tourist”

England Twenty20 captain Stuart Broad has admitted that assistant coach Paul Collingwood has already had an impact on the national team.

After helping Scotland secure a place in the 2015 World Cup, Collingwood agreed to assist England during their limited overs tour of the West Indies and the World Twenty20.

“I have played a lot of cricket with Colly, he is a fantastic guy,” Broad said. “He’s energetic, he’s very positive, and he’s what you would call a good tourist.

“He loves being away, he brings a lot of energy to the group, and he was one of the best fielders England ever had.”

Broad also revealed that England are working extremely hard ahead of their first ODI against the West Indies, which gets underway on February 28 in Antigua.

“We know when we go to Bangladesh for the World Cup we are going to be playing in hot conditions,” he said. “We want to be one of the fittest sides there.

“We can really use this three weeks. With one-day and Twenty20 cricket you get a bit more time between games to work on that sort of thing.”

Broad also conceded that it will tough to replace batsman Kevin Pietersen, who had his central contract terminated following the national team’s disastrous tour of Australia.

“You look back to the 2010 World Cup, over here in the Caribbean, he got man of the tournament and was the shining light,” Broad said. “Without him, we would not have won that tournament, there’s no doubt.

“But there are opportunities for other players to step up and do that now. In sport, opportunities always arise, and there are players in this changing-room who have got the same match-winning ability.”

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