Stuart Broad tells Lord's TV that England are ready for a tilt at a historic victory in India, as they look to move on from a difficult six months.
We’ve got a new start with a new captain
Broad, speaking shortly before it was announced that Kevin Pietersen was to join the squad for the four Test series, said the team were desperate to turn a corner on the sub-continent - in Alastair Cook's first series as captain.
"As a cricketer you just want the headlines to be about you playing good cricket," said the fast bowler.
"So as a team we’re just looking forward to getting on that plane and putting in some performances.
Watch: Broad on Lord's TV
"We’ve lost our number one status and we’re hungry to get that back. We’ve got a new start with a new captain and we’re looking forward to it."
Pietersen's rehabilitation into the England set-up comes as the team prepare for what historically is their biggest challenge in recent years. England are without a series win in India since 1985 and have won just one of their last 12 Tests in the country - a famous series leveller in 2006, when Cook made a century on debut.
And with their recent poor record in Asia also in mind (including a disappointing defence of the ICC World Twenty20 in Sri Lanka under Broad's leadership) their schedule in India mirrors the one so successfully employed in Australia two winters ago, with three first-class warm-up matches preceding the first Test in Ahmedabad on 15 November.
Though Broad admitted that victory would be a tough ask, England cannot find fault with their preparation.
"We’re fortunate in that we have a month before the first test match so we can really adjust and get used to the conditions," he added.
"When we went to the UAE [the 3-0 defeat to Pakistan earlier this year] there was a thought that we’d been caught cold a little bit after a break, so we’ve got a month to get ourselves right."
Broad is promoting his new book, My World in Cricket. Signed copies will be available soon from the Lord's Shop.