Broad wouldn’t turn down Test captaincy

“I can’t imagine a scenario where a professional sportsman would turn down the chance to captain their country”

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England pace bowler Stuart Broad has revealed that he would love to be the country’s next Test captain if he were offered the opportunity.

Broad’s comments come after Alastair Cook stepped down as Test captain on Monday.

But while the 30-year-old confirmed his interest in the leadership role, he admitted that vice-captain Joe Root would be the obvious choice.

“I can’t imagine a scenario where a professional sportsman would turn down the chance to captain their country if the offer was made, and I’m no different,” Broad wrote in his column for the Mail on Sunday. “But for me, it feels time for the next generation to be given that responsibility. I’m more than happy to be a strong senior player who helps guide that evolution.

“For me, in the best interests of the team in the medium and long term, I believe a younger modern-day captain is the way to go.

“Joe Root looks like just the man for the job for me. He’s not had a lot of captaincy experience so he will have to learn on the job, but he wouldn’t be the first England captain to have to do that.

“The whole point of having a new captain is so they can bring a different type of energy and ideas to the group. Joe is the best player in the team and he’s in a position where his game can cope with the pressures of captaining England.

“He’s played all three formats and coped really well and I don’t see why that would be affected by the captaincy.

“Yes, you have to attend more meetings and you’re involved in more conversations about injuries, form and players’ welfare. But that shouldn’t be a reason to miss certain games I wouldn’t have thought.”

Broad was one of three England players to speak with the England and Wales Cricket Board (ECB) about the Test captaincy on Thursday. The other two players to do so were Root and Ben Stokes.

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