Broad turns to Morgan
Skipper wants Irishman to step up in KP's absence
Last Updated: June 23, 2012 1:16pm
Stuart Broad: turns 26 on Sunday
Captain Stuart Broad believes England will maintain their success in the post-Kevin Pietersen era, as they begin to prepare for their World Twenty20 defence.
England begin life after Pietersen, man of the series when they won the Twenty20 title two years ago, in a one-off match against West Indies at Trent Bridge on Sunday.
With just four games to go before Broad's side fly out to Sri Lanka to defend their crown in September, there is little time to plug the gap left by KP.
England will rely on a group of inexperienced batsmen including Alex Hales, Jonny Bairstow, Jos Buttler and Samit Patel.
But Broad, who with 34 appearances is England's most capped Twenty20 player, is confident his young charges can step up.
"Kevin is a world-class Twenty20 player so of course it is disappointing that he is not with us, but it's a great opportunity for someone else to put their hand up and stake a claim for that spot," said Broad, who will celebrate turning 26 on Sunday by captaining his country in front of his home crowd.
"We've got an exciting group of players in that changing room and everyone is really excited about getting on that field and doing the job.
"We have quite a short period of time and a short number of games until that World Cup so you want to make as much use of that as possible when we do get the opportunity."
Broad admitted he would look to the likes of Eoin Morgan to lead his young batting unit, despite the left-hander's lack of cricket this summer.
After falling out of favour in the Test side, and limited opportunities in the one-day series due to the form of openers Alastair Cook and Ian Bell, Morgan has become a forgotten man in the England side.
But Broad believes he can remind all of his undoubted class and take a lead role against the Windies.
"We've seen some amazing performances from Eoin in Twenty20 cricket... Obviously we'll be looking to him to make big contributions and share his experiences with the guys in the squad."
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"Very much so. We've seen some amazing performances from Eoin in Twenty20 cricket and one-dayers for a long time," he said.
"He's now probably our most experienced batsman in that set-up. Obviously we'll be looking to him to make big contributions and share his experiences with the guys in the squad.
"He's a key cog for us now in this England team and I'm looking forward to seeing what he can do tomorrow.
"He's always played a more prominent role, he's up there as one of the best Twenty20 batsmen in the world.
"I think the role he has done for us over the past two years has been fantastic with his variety against the spin and his death hitting. He'll be looking to continue that on."