Broad: Cook knows he's one score away

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England fast bowler Stuart Broad feels that skipper Alastair Cook is one score away from getting critics off his back, and that his captaincy will be under less scrutiny when he gets some runs on the board.

England fast bowler Stuart Broad feels that skipper Alastair Cook is one score away from getting critics off his back, and that his captaincy will be under less scrutiny when he gets some runs on the board.

Cook has been on a dismal run of form, top-scoring with 28 in the Tests against Sri Lanka, and also failing in the Ashes in Australia. As such, criticism has been brutal, of both his batting and his captaincy.

But Broad feels Cook is not overly concerned, and has been around long enough to know that a big score would be around the corner, in the five-match series against India starting this month.

Broad said on Sky Sports: "He's a relaxed guy. I mean there's a few of us who have played long enough to know that we're in a stats driven business and a results driven business.

"When you're not scoring your runs or taking your wickets you expect a certain amount of flak and that won't change until he scores a hundred, and Cooky knows that.

"Obviously winning helps. Winning Test matches will help with his captaincy, but even if we are winning and he's not scoring hundreds, he'll still be getting a certain amount of stick.

"He's very honest, he's very open, he knows he's a score away."

Broad then said he was annoyed by the criticism levelled at Cook, and felt it was his job to stick up for his friend, before adding that the team would help their skipper: "You look out for your mates don't you.

"You are obviously disappointed when you see criticism of that sort of level, but one thing that I know from being in the four walls of the changing room is actually the environment that Cooky and Mooresy are developing is strong.

"You can see that from the performances of the young guys coming in. Guys are coming into the set-up feeling relaxed and wanting to play, which is the biggest point.

"I think Cooky will gain a huge amount of confidence from the environment he is setting for the side and he should feed off that."

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