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England pace bowler Stuart Broad has announced that captain Alastair Cook is just one big score away from silencing his critics.
Broad’s comments come after Cook only averaged 19.50 during his side’s 1-0 loss to Sri Lanka in the recently concluded Test series.
“He’s a relaxed guy. I mean there’s a few of us who have played long enough to know that we’re in a stats driven business and a results driven business,” Broad said. “When you’re not scoring your runs or taking your wickets you expect a certain amount of flak and that won’t change until he scores a hundred, and Cooky knows that.
“Obviously winning helps. Winning Test matches will help with his captaincy, but even if we are winning and he’s not scoring hundreds, he’ll still be getting a certain amount of stick. He’s very honest, he’s very open, he knows he’s a score away.”
Broad also admitted that he is getting sick and tired of the negative press Cook has been getting ever since England were whitewashed 5-0 by Australia in the last Ashes series.
“You look out for your mates don’t you,” he said. “You are obviously disappointed when you see criticism of that sort of level, but one thing that I know from being in the four walls of the changing room is actually the environment that Cooky and Mooresy are developing is strong.
“You can see that from the performances of the young guys coming in. Guys are coming into the set-up feeling relaxed and wanting to play, which is the biggest point.
“I think Cooky will gain a huge amount of confidence from the environment he is setting for the side and he should feed off that.”
Broad also applauded the England and Wales Cricket Board’s (ECB) decision to ban former New Zealand batsman Lou Vincent for life after he pleaded guilty to match-fixing.
“It’s no surprise he’s been banned for life after admitting match-fixing,” Broad said. “From a player’s point of view it’s obviously disappointing to see that sort of thing going around.
“You sit in the changing room obviously with your mates, playing a game of cricket, talking about how you are going to win games and how desperate you are to play in these fixtures.
“You don’t really think these sort of things go on, but obviously they do and Lou’s seen the light and admitted it. I don’t know what he wants to do in the future, but he’s got a tough couple of months ahead of him.”