Home > News >

New Zealand vs England 2013: Alastair Cook pleased with Stuart Broad’s form

Alastair Cook pleased with Stuart Broad's form

Stuart Broad took a hat-trick against New Zealand XI in a warm-up game © Getty Images

London: Feb 6, 2013

England Test captain Alastair Cook was heartened to see Stuart Broad show something like his best form after the pace-bowling all-rounder took a hat-trick on Tuesday.

Broad, England’s Twenty20 skipper, struck as his side enjoyed a convincing 46-run win over a New Zealand XI in their first match of a tour where Cook will take charge for the subsequent one-day and Test series against the Black Caps.

Injuries cut short Broad’s tour of India but he showed no signs of fitness problems on Tuesday and Cook, who is currently in Britain, was delighted ahead of a packed programme of international cricket, including away and home series against New Zealand before England defend the Ashes against visitors Australia.

“He’s a very important player for us,” Cook told Sky Sports News. “It was great for me to see him back playing,” the opening batsman added.

“He had a tough tour of India where it was just a case of trying to get him on the park, he had a few niggles and was trying to play through niggles, but it’s great that he’s now fit and leading the Twenty20 side out in New Zealand.

“He needs a few overs under his belt but once he gets them he’ll be ready for the T20s, the one-dayers and the Tests to come afterwards.

“He’s a massive player for us, he’s delivered in big matches for us and before such a big summer and winter coming up, we need all our players fit and available for that.”

Somerset rising star Jos Buttler struck his maiden England fifty on Tuesday, off just 21 balls, and with fellow batsman Joe Root is one of a crop of younger players looking to make a name for themselves on the international stage.

“Joe has had a great rise, playing in all three formats, and the way he has handled himself in the Test match in Nagpur, playing under great pressure, and in the one-dayers against India, he looks the real deal at international level,” said Cook.

“Jos has come in and, as we’ve seen him doing for Somerset at the end he’s a very destructive hitter.
“That’s translated into the international game now and it’s great to see English cricket producing these players and seeing them come into the team.”

England will play another warm-up against the New Zealand XI, also at Whangarei, on Wednesday before the opening clash of a three-match T20 international series in Auckland on Saturday.

South Africa in Zimbabwe, 2014

Aug 21, 2014 (13:00 IST)   at Bulawayo

Bangladesh Tour of West Indies, 2014

Aug 22, 2014 (19:00 IST)   at St George's, Grenada

Pakistan tour of Sri Lanka, 2014

Aug 23, 2014 (10:00 IST)   at Hambantota

India tour of England 2014

Aug 25, 2014 (15:00 IST)   at Bristol

Bangladesh Tour of West Indies, 2014

Aug 25, 2014 (00:00 IST)   at Basseterre, St Kitts

More

Bangladesh Tour of West Indies, 2014

Aug 20, 2014  at St George's, Grenada

West Indies won by 3 wkts

South Africa in Zimbabwe, 2014

Aug 19, 2014  at Bulawayo

South Africa won by 61 runs

South Africa in Zimbabwe, 2014

Aug 17, 2014  at Bulawayo

South Africa won by 93 runs

India tour of England 2014

Aug 15, 2014  at London

England won by an innings and 244 runs

Pakistan tour of Sri Lanka, 2014

Aug 14, 2014  at Colombo

Sri Lanka won by 105 runs

Photos

Highlights of Mahela Jayawardene’s Test career

Videos

Hughes explains technique behind cut shot

West Indies vs Bangladesh Live Cricket Score, 1st ODI at St George’s: West Indies win by 3 wickets

Len Pascoe: There was a hospital ward named after Jeff Thomson and me

India tour of Australia 2014-15: 5 ways India can avoid another overseas embarrassment

MS Dhoni can benefit from borrowing the ‘Sourav Ganguly School of leadership’

Ravi Shastri inspired confidence as player and captain: Will he do it in a coaching capacity?

England England vs India England vs India 2014 India India tour of England 2014 India vs England India vs England 2014 Pakistan Pakistan tour of Sri Lanka 2014 Pakistan vs Sri Lanka Pakistan vs Sri Lanka 2014 Sri Lanka Sri Lanka vs Pakistan Sri Lanka vs Pakistan 2014

Stuart Broad to undergo knee surgery on September 4

West Indies vs Bangladesh 2014: Why West Indies’ victory is statistically significant

West Indies beat Bangladesh by 3 wickets in 1st ODI at Grenada

India vs England 2014: Duncan Fletcher, Joe Daws conduct practice at Lord’s ahead of ODI series

HPCA saga: High Court gives government 10 days to reply to writ petition

India Women vs England Women ODI series: Test victory should motivate them to improve their ODI record in England

Science of slip fielding: What might be wrong with Team India’s slip cordon

A statistical review of Mahela Jayawardene’s Test career

India tour of England 2014: Is IPL really the cause of India’s woes abroad?

West Indies vs Bangladesh 2014: Why West Indies’ victory is statistically significant

Fan of the Day

Niharika Shah

Niharika Shah

659 Posts | 6 Fans

India tour of England 2014: Sunil Gavaskar says Indian batsmen did not learn anything

George W Bush takes ice bucket challenge, dares Bill Clinton

Science of slip fielding: What might be wrong with Team India’s slip cordon

Vidya Balan gets caught while watching Salman Khan’s Kick in disguise!

Ebola in Liberia: Ebola quarantine zone turns violent as soldiers open fire

Hrithik Roshan will not romance Jacqueline Fernandez

A statistical review of Mahela Jayawardene’s Test career

Militants attack major air base in eastern Syria

How much money has the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge raised till now?

OnePlus starts hiring in India ahead of launch

America, Are you ready to cheer for MOMS?

Also on cricketcountry.com

Play Fantasy Cricket & Win

Cash Daily! Click here