x Abu Dhabi, UAEWednesday 17 January 2018

Broad optimistic of leading England after double scare

England's new Twenty20 captain bruises his heel during fielding practice but the all-rounder remains upbeat.

BRISTOL, England // Stuart Broad, England's new Twenty20 captain, had a second injury scare ahead of Saturday's match against Sri Lanka but insisted he would be fit to lead the team for the first time.

Broad suffered a bruised heel during the drawn third Test against Sri Lanka at the Rose Bowl earlier this week, leading to concerns over whether he would be able to take up the reins in his first match as Paul Collingwood's replacement as captain.

The injury led England to announce Eoin Morgan as vice-captain of the Twenty20 side.

But Broad, having overcome his heel problem, suffered an awkward-looking tumble during practice on Friday, falling over a medicine ball while taking a catch. He received treatment on his ankle but said afterwards he was fit.

"It's fine, but it was a bit frustrating tripping over a medicine ball," he said. "It seems to have pulled up quite well so it's not a concern and I'm really excited about the opportunity of captaining.

"I didn't see the medicine ball as I was looking up at the catch. It was a bit of a shock to hit the deck like I did but a little bit of taping will hold it together and I'm just looking forward to getting on the park."

Broad will be the second of three England captains in as many matches now that Test skipper Andrew Strauss no longer plays limited-overs cricket and with Alastair Cook leading the team for the five one-day internationals (ODIs) against Sri Lanka that follow the T20 fixtures.

England have recalled World T20-winning opening duo Michael Lumb and Craig Kieswetter after the pair's loss of form, while the Nottinghamshire all-rounder Samit Patel is back after doing enough to convince team management he is tackling his fitness problems.

Seam-bowling all-rounder Broad, who has no previous senior leadership experience, has been identified as the man to lead England in the defence of their Twenty20 title in Sri Lanka next year. "It's an honour captaining the side for the first time but we don't have a huge amount of T20 cricket before the next World Cup and we have to make the most of it," Broad said.

"It's obviously a very proud moment to lead your country for the first time but more importantly I'm very proud to lead the guys in this changing room," said Broad, the son of Chris Broad, the former England opener turned match referee. "We have a very exciting team and we cover all areas."