Cook ready to lead England in T20s in Broad`s absence

Updated: Sep 13, 2011, 23:50 PM IST

London: England`s ODI skipper Alastair Cook is ready to step into Stuart Broad`s shoes as the side`s T20 captain for the two-match series against the West Indies after the later was ruled out due to a shoulder injury.

Broad suffered a shoulder injury during the fourth ODI against India at Lord`s, and will also miss the one-day leg of the India tour.

Cook, who won the International Cricket Council`s award for the Test Cricketer of the Year at a dinner in central London on Monday, voiced his sympathy for Broad - as well as his own ambition to return to a form of cricket in which he has won just four caps, the last almost two years ago.

"Obviously it`s very disappointing for Stuart to miss out," said England`s one-day international captain.

"It`s gutting for him, but it gives another person a chance to captain England. The selectors will make that decision. It`s not whether you`d like the job, it`s whether you`re honoured enough to be given it.`

Cook has already proved his critics wrong by adapting to the ODI format effectively from the five-day game, and he believes he can take it into the shortest format too.