Time to get into groove: Broad

DUBAI - Pakistan whitewashed England in the Test series 3-0 and got the same treatment in the one-day series when they were thrashed 4-0.



By Liaqat Ali

Published: Fri 24 Feb 2012, 12:35 AM

Last updated: Tue 7 Apr 2015, 11:42 AM

Now comes the Twenty20 series and it can be treated as the decider. England are the No. 1 T20 side while Pakistan sit on the seventh spot. Both the teams have explosive players who can take the game to the opposition and fans should expect some entertaining cricket in three Twenty20 matches — two in Dubai and one in Abu Dhabi.

England are favourites because they have outplayed Pakistan in the ODI series. England T20 captain Stuart Broad is confident of beating Pakistan in the series.

“It is great to be in charge and I am delighted to lead this wonderful team. It is an exciting opportunity and it is the first time we are having three T20 games on the trot and it is the best chance to learn.

“We have got the T20 World Cup this year and we have got very few games ahead of the big event.

“We want to make use of every game and conditions here. We will try to get into groove for Wold Cup in Sri Lanka,” Broad said.

ODI captain Alastair Cook led from the front by scoring two centuries in the one-day series. He might be selected for T20 games against Pakistan.

“Cookie is keen to play Twenty20 cricket. He has made that pretty obvious. We are having some injury problems and Cook has been asked to stay back.

“He is covering Ravi Bopara who has got groin and back problems.

“He has not played a lot of T20 games so he might need to prove himself. He hasn’t represented his county Essex in this form of the game.

“Earlier he was not considered a one-day player and he has proved everybody wrong by scoring a number of centuries. He has found ways to score in the ODIs and I hope he will excel in T20 if he gets chance.”

When asked if Cook can pose a threat to his captaincy, Broad said: “It is not the case as it’s a team game. Though Andrew Strauss is not the part of ODI or T20 teams but still we are in touch. It is a team work and there is no threat from anybody.”

liaqat@khaleejtimes.com


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