'No bigger occasion' than India opener for centurion Broad


Orchestrating a strong start to England's series against India is the primary focus for Stuart Broad as the pace bowler prepares to make a landmark 100th Test appearance.

Broad will reach a century of caps in the longest form of the game at Saurashtra Cricket Association Stadium on Wednesday.

The 30-year-old is honoured to become just the 14th England player to reach the milestone, following his captain Alastair Cook and the likes of former team-mates Ian Bell, Kevin Pietersen and Andrew Strauss.

But responding well to a first ever Test loss to Bangladesh in England's previous match is a more immediate priority for Broad in Rajkot. 

"Obviously I'm aware how special an achievement it is because of the players that have come before me - the amount they've given to English cricket," he said.

"So it will be a special cap to receive. But actually, I think what excites me more is [that] we hope this game will be the start of a huge series for us as well.

"There's no bigger occasion than the start of a series in India against the world number one team.

"It's great to get a milestone, being in such an important game.

"We know how vital it is to start these tours well.

"We've been training really hard the last couple of weeks since Dhaka, to put some wrongs right. We're about ready to go."

Another member of England's 100 club, strike bowler James Anderson, is set to join up with the squad in India but will not be fit to play in the first Test as he continues his rehabilitation from the shoulder injury that kept him out of the drawn Bangladesh series. 

England will hope to have Anderson back at some point in the five-match Test series, which concludes in Chennai in December.