Ashes: Stuart Broad backed to lead Anderson-less England attack

Nottingham: Stuart Broad has been backed by captain Alastair Cook to lead the attack in the absence of James Anderson as England try to show they can win a major Test match without their all-time leading wicket-taker.

Stuart Broad
Stuart Broad 

Anderson has been ruled out of today's fourth Ashes Test at Trent Bridge, Broad's home ground, with a side injury suffered during England's convincing eight-wicket win over Australia in the third Test at Edgbaston last week that put them 2-1 up in the five-match series.

"I don't think there's been too many cases in history where a guy has 299 wickets and played 80-odd Tests and he's waiting to lead the attack," Cook said yesterday. "It's a great moment for him in terms of his homeground and stuff."

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