Stuart Broad defends England’s ‘world-class’ captain Alastair Cook

England bowler Stuart Broad defends under-fire captain Alastair Cook ahead of India Test series this summer

The Sport Review staff
By The Sport Review staff

Stuart Broad has defended “world-class” Alastair Cook ahead of England’s upcoming Test series against India.

The England captain is coming under increasing pressure after a disappointing series loss to Sri Lanka, with his conservative approach being put under the spotlight.

We know he’s world class, we know he’s played over 100 Test matches with the record he’s got and there’s no doubt that will change for him

Stuart Broad

It comes after the 29-year-old led England to an embarrassing Ashes series whitewash in the winter, resulting in the controversial axing of maverick batsman Kevin Pietersen.

Cook hasn’t scored a Test century for 14 months – but England bowler Broad is confident that his captain’s luck will turn in the coming months.

“He’s obviously worked hard in the nets as Cooky does, he’s always first in and last out,” Broad told Sky Sports News. “He likes to hit a lot of balls pre-series and that’s no different this week.

“He just needs that change of luck, all cricketers go through it from time to time and it’s Cooky’s turn.

“We know he’s world class, we know he’s played over 100 Test matches with the record he’s got and there’s no doubt that will change for him.”

England face India in the first Test at Trent Bridge on Wednesday.

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