Stuart Broad has indicated that England are hoping to ride a wave of confidence and optimism during the ongoing five-match Test series with India.
With the first game underway at Trent Bridge, England are looking for their first victory in a five-day game since last summer’s Ashes triumph. But in a time of desolation for the national side, the all-rounder says that there is light at the end of the tunnel.
Attempting to take positives from the narrow series defeat to Sri Lanka, Broad believes that it is only a matter of time before Alastair Cook’s side are back to winning ways with the red ball.
Speaking to Sky Sports News, the Nottinghamshire seamer said: “We lost the series against Sri Lanka but we played a lot of good cricket in that series.
"We did some brilliant stuff with some debut hundreds and that sort of thing. The confidence is good coming into this series.”
Centuries from Sam Robson and Moeen Ali were the main positives to take from a penultimate ball defeat to Sri Lanka last month. Along with Chris Jordan, England’s newest Test cricketers have started brightly in the five-day arena.
But there are still issues that need to be addressed, with Cook coming under increasing pressure as captain. The skipper doesn’t have to worry about support from within his own dressing room though, according to Broad at least.
"He's obviously worked hard in the nets as Cooky does, he's always first in and last out," he added.
"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."
With his best players firmly behind him, surely it is only a matter of time before the Cook of old is holding up an end of the pitch and working towards a 26th Test hundred.
Last home series
England ascended to the summit of the ICC Test rankings the last time India toured. That 2011 series was resoundingly won 4-0, as Andy Flower’s side were at the peak of their powers.
A lot has changed in the last three years, but there is hope that the Three Lions can find their feet once again.
Broad continued: "Obviously, the last time India were here it was probably the best series we have played for years, but a lot of that team has changed.
"Some players can take some confidence from that but the majority of players have changed from that series so this is a completely fresh series. We've got to restart and go again."
Inspiration must be garnered from that historic series as England’s search for a Test win goes on. After only a two-match series with Sri Lanka, England and India are now faced with the prospect of playing 25 days of Test cricket out of the next 42.
Scheduling is another issue that the side have to contend with, and it will be even more difficult for the seam bowlers with the continued absence of a frontline spinner.
Broad also touched upon his busy timetable, concluding: "A lot depends on how we bowl. If India are getting four or five hundred every innings then the bowlers might have to take a break from time to time.
"But if we're bowling really well and we're only fielding for 80-90 overs an innings, that obviously makes a huge difference on the workload. The important thing will be to keep the bowlers as fresh as we can."
England and India are currently playing in the first of five Test matches this summer. At the culmination of this series, there will be another five One Day Internationals and a T20 International before the tourists leave the UK in September.
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