Broad backs England’s youngsters

ENGLAND Twenty20 captain Stuart Broad believes the exciting young talent at his disposal will help reinstate his side as a genuine force in the shortest format of the game.

The reigning World Twenty20 champions lost by nine wickets against Sri Lanka earlier this summer on Broad’s debut as skipper.

The selectors have reacted by calling up uncapped trio Jos Buttler, Ben Stokes and Alex Hales in their 13-man squad ahead of today’s clash against India at Old Trafford, and Broad would have no problems pitching them all into the heat of battle.

“I’ve seen them on television in the hotels when travelling around, so I am well aware of what they can do,” he said. “What has shone about Jos Buttler is he can calmly flick the ball over the keeper’s head and next ball hit it straight 20 rows back.

“He showed his talent on Twenty20 Finals day on Saturday.

“Stokesy is a strong guy, a big hitter of the ball. He certainly showed his power in training, while I know Alex well from Notts. He’s a tall guy who can strike the ball very hard.”