Broad impressed by captain Cook

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Stuart Broad believes Alastair Cook has adapted well to the demands of England captain.

Cook took over the role for the tour of United Arab Emirates and Bangladesh when Andrew Strauss got the all-clear to take a break ahead of a demanding season.



Broad said: "Alastair has taken over with a lot of confidence and slotted into the regime very well.



"He's worked well over the past year and is enjoying the responsibility - and the players are enjoying it."



England and Bangladesh meet in the first one-day international in Mirpur on Sunday and Broad said: "I'm sure he'll be nervous on Sunday but everyone's behind him and doing their best to help him.



"We've had some really good preparation, we've got used to the conditions and we're looking forward to Sunday."



The all-rounder has no regrets about going on the tour, despite his father Chris being part of a convoy of vehicles attacked by terrorists in Pakistan last year and subsequently criticising the level of protection given to officials and players.



The 23-year-old explained on BBC Radio 5 Live: "We are looked after superbly well on tour and a lot of thought goes into the security side of things from the ECB (England and Wales Cricket Board).



"If they say it's safe to go a lot of people trust their judgement. What happened to Dad in Pakistan wouldn't affect my decision if they said it was safe to go."



The Nottinghamshire player remains comfortable with his decision to turn down the riches of the Indian Premier League to concentrate on his international career.



He added: "We've got a really busy schedule and this time last year I thought it would be best to give my body a break.



"I'm only 23 and I need to look after myself at this age to prolong my career...it's important to look after my body at this age.



"It's a big decision but it's very personal and will differ from batsman to bowler.



"The workload is heavier on the bowler - the body is under more stress - while the batsman will probably want to know about different conditions and bowlers."



The IPL action starts in less than two weeks and Broad added: "It looks a fantastic tournament and you learn a lot.



"But with the winter coming and with us looking to retain the Ashes I felt a three-week break would be better for myself."



Meanwhile, all-rounder Dimitri Mascarenhas, a frequent member of the England one-day set-up, has confirmed he expects to play in the IPL with Rajasthan Royals.



Mascarenhas told The Times: "My gut feeling is that I will be there. Like the rest of the guys I am waiting to hear what will happen and at the moment it would probably be pretty hard to go one way or the other, but I am very hopeful. Security arrangements are changing within hours."



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