KP feels the force of revved up Broad as England batsman is hit in the throat by bouncer

By Sportsmail Reporter

Stuart Broad is desperate to improve on his first outing as England Twenty20 captain when his side face India at Old Trafford.

A one-off clash against Sri Lanka in June ended in a nine-wicket defeat in Bristol, with Broad failing to contribute a run or a wicket.

Pain in the neck: Pietersen with coach Andy Flower after being struck by a delivery from Broad

Pain in the neck: Pietersen with coach Andy Flower after being struck by a delivery from Broad

And he told reporters today: 'We didn't perform as well as we'd have liked against Sri Lanka. We didn't get enough runs on the board, we don't need to look too much further into it.

'It's difficult in these one-off games but it's important we take these opportunities. We want to start tomorrow really strongly, whether we bat or bowl first.

'There'll be a full house at Old Trafford and (India) are a fantastic Twenty20 side, so we've got to be on the money.

That's where I hit him: Broad surveys the damage

That's where I hit him: Broad surveys the damage

'You've got the 50-over world champions and the Twenty20 world champions going at each other - it's going to be an exciting game and the players are really looking forward to it.'

Broad is under no illusions as to the task facing England despite India's abject showing in the recent four-Test series.

He said: 'India suffered with a few injuries, that happens on any tour, but they've got a lot of talent around with the young players coming through and any side that can bring Rahul Dravid in is going to be strong.'

Broad offered assurances over Kevin Pietersen's fitness after the batsman, who has been rested for the five one-day internationals which follow tomorrow's clash, took a nasty blow while batting in this morning's practice session.

Focused: England captain Stuart Broad

Focused: Broad takes safer option of catching practice

'He's fine,' said Broad. 'He got hit in the throat a little bit but he's pulled up fine.'

Pietersen should therefore take his place in a batting line-up which could feature a handful of new faces in Alex Hales, Jos Buttler and Ben Stokes.

'They're exciting talents, they've had great domestic Twenty20 seasons and they performed well today, it's exciting to have them around,' said the Nottinghamshire all-rounder.

On county colleague Hales, who is expected to head the England order, he added: 'We're not sure on the final XI yet, but that's the role he's done well throughout this season and he's an exciting talent.'

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