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Broad ready for World T20 challenge
Stuart Broad believes he is ready to lead England to back-to-back ICC World Twenty20 trophies, despite his lack of experience both as England captain and a sprint format cricketer.
Broad has already acknowledged others in his squad have inevitably become more attuned to the demands of Twenty20 cricket in domestic competitions, while his opportunities have been strictly limited by a relentless Test and one-day international schedule. He has captained England nine times and achieved a marginally favourable split of five wins to three losses in his eight completed matches.
Asked if he feels ready for the significant challenge, he said: "Yes, I do. I've worked very hard with the guys; the squad's been very focused on this world tournament."
Time has been short, of course, and will continue to be so before England begin their warm-up campaign - against Australia, no less - on Monday.
"I've been in the job nearly 18 months, but not had more than a week in charge at a time," he added.
"So this is a great opportunity to have a month in charge and really develop my skills as a captain and also see what the guys are like in a longer period of time.
"It's an exciting month for me, and the guys are really focused on this 'World Cup', and it's a joy to see."