Broad named England vice-captain


Stuart Broad has been named England’s vice-captain for the Test series against New Zealand in the absence of Ben Stokes, skipper Joe Root said on Tuesday.

Stokes, Root’s usual deputy, will miss the series due to a fractured finger he sustained while playing for Rajasthan Royals in the Indian Premier League (IPL) in April, while Jos Buttler has been rested.

Broad has prior experience of captaining England, in 27 T20 internationals and three ODIs, between 2011 and 2014.

“Stuart has been a senior player for a long time now,” Root told reporters. “He speaks extremely well, he’s got a very good cricket brain, and captaincy experience within the short format. He’s the right man to take that in Ben and Jos’ absence.”

“He’s an integral part as a senior player, and very much a leader within that bowling group. He understands his role within the squad… and sets a very good example to younger players within the group.”—AP