Stuart Broad inherits happy England
Stuart Broad is set to captain England for the first time since his elevation to Alastair Cook's Test deputy on Saturday - and is assured of inheriting a harmonious atmosphere.
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Cook confirmed he will miss the three-day match against Mumbai A, in which England seem sure to make several other changes too following their opening draw with India A.
Graeme Swann, meanwhile, was at pains to stress the "seamless" success of Kevin Pietersen's 'reintegration' as an England player and that dressing-room camaraderie has not been adversely affected.
Cook made a century at the Brabourne Stadium, in his first match on tour as England's permanent Test captain, and will therefore be content to allow others an opportunity to find some form in Mumbai before the four-match series begins in Ahmedabad on November 15.
"We're trying to give everyone as much game time as we can," said Cook.
"With Belly [Ian Bell] going home as well for the birth of his first child [during the second Test], we've got to make sure that the batter who's going to come in gets some practice as well.
"That is the idea of these next two games, to make sure we get as many people as possible some practice."
Among those who will benefit, England hope, is Pietersen.
The mercurial batsman made a frenetic 23 in his first innings back, after his summer of discontent and breakdown of relations with management and some senior players.
Swann was depicted in many quarters as one of those with whom Pietersen needed to make his peace before belatedly signing a new central contract and then being added to the squad for this tour.
The off-spinner said: "Kevin's reintegration has been a seamless process, and it needed to happen.
"Everyone was wondering how it would go and whether it would be as easy as it has been.
"But a lot of credit has to be given to Kevin for the way he has come in.
"It's just business as usual, and the dressing room is a very happy place this week.
"That's what we need to be; if we are going to have a chance of beating India over here we need to be a very united dressing room."
After the face-to-face meetings prescribed by the England and Wales Cricket Board for Pietersen, with Swann and others last month, there was no residual awkwardness when the time came to take the field together again.
"It was fine," said Swann.
"Because of the meetings beforehand, where a lot was got out into the open and put on the table, it was seamless - just like walking in and carrying on as if he'd never been away - which was very helpful."
That does not mean Pietersen will be a special case, spared the occasional digs which fly around all sports teams.
"In the changing room, no one is safe from the humour that flies around - and he's the butt of as many jokes Cooky," added Swann.
"He takes it fine. It's been great."
As for the Swann's own well-being, he knows he will have to deal with match-winning expectations in these conditions but also be patient at times too.
"There's always pressure on the spinner when you play in India, because people assume in the sub-Continent all the wickets will be big turners," he said.
"You've just got to deal with that in your own way, because we know that a lot of the Test wickets over here are exceptional batting surfaces - at least to start, and then turn later on.
"It's not a lot different to other places. Often in the first innings you have to take a more defensive role and support the seamers a bit more and then later on in the game, if there is turn and bounce, then of course you come into your own.
"It's a pressure that's not alien to a spin bowler; if you're not used to that, you shouldn't really be bowling spin."
He is hoping for a happy return to the country where, after several years outside the England reckoning, he marked his debut with two wickets in his first over.
Since that entrance in Chennai, he has rarely looked back - and is now just one short of the great Jim Laker's career tally of 193 Test wickets, the most by any England off-spinner.
"It doesn't feel anything like four years ago, when I made my Test debut in Chennai," he said.
"How quickly everything goes once you're on that treadmill of international cricket.
"I'm really excited about it here, a fond place in my heart for the country where I made my Test debut.
"I hope these four Tests can provide more memories to go with those first two."