A slight cold aside, the 26-year-old's first pre-match press conference before Thursday's series opener with South Africa was typically upbeat, and was spent fielding questions about plans for the new era and the decision to bring back his Yorkshire team-mate, Ballance, at No3 in a move that sees himself drop down a spot. After suffering a heel injury during his county match against Leicestershire, Broad's participation in the first Test was in doubt.
The wait is finally over for England's return to Test action and I believe with new captain Joe Root at the helm there's plenty of reasons to be optimistic about the summer series with South Africa, which starts at Lord's.
After winning the ODI and T20I series against the Proteas, England will miss the services of Chris Woakes and Jake Ball as the two are yet to recover from injuries.
Cook first featured for England in 2006, scoring a century on debut, and was made captain in 2012 before surpassing Graham Gooch's tally of 8,900 runs to become his county's all-time leading Test run scorer.
'I look at the team and I think it's got great balance. We are training this (Tuesday) afternoon and tomorrow and I am really confident.
Lowry announces he will return to Raptors
The Vertical and other media outlets reported Lowry agreed to a three-year contract worth $100 million . Ibaka will be a mid-range fantasy prospect this season.
He told Sky Sports: 'Gary has been in great form this summer and we know he can do it in global cricket.
Root will end his long wait to lead the side out on Thursday, almost four months after he was appointed England's Test skipper and replaced his long-serving predecessor Alastair Cook.
'I've decided on the team, Liam [Dawson] is going to play. It's a really huge opportunity for him and I am sure it's one he will take'.
Broad feels series against South Africa is the best opportunity for the right-handed batsman to take charge of the Three Lions in the longest format.
He added: "Not really, I haven't even thought about that".