Broad was disappointed that England were not able to reach the semi-finals
England Twenty20 captain Stuart Broad has admitted that his side just did not perform to the best of their abilities during the International Cricket Council (ICC) World Twenty20, and he believes it was the key reason why the team failed to defend their title.
England were dumped out of the tournament after losing to Sri Lanka by 19 runs.
Broad had made changes to the side that beat New Zealand the game before this one, and it did not pay off as the top order batsmen folded like a deck of cards under the pressure of Sri Lanka pace demon Lasith Malinga.
Malinga’s five wickets for 31 runs absolutely cut the England team down to their knees, and quite possible the only high point of their innings came from all-rounder Samit Patel, who scored 67 runs from 48 balls before falling to Malinga himself.
The Daily Mirror quoted Broad as saying: “It was a -disappointing end to our title defence. You look back and there are missed opportunities and things like that, but if we’re honest we’ve not quite been good enough, it’s been a learning experience for us and if you look at Paul Collingwood’s side it took him three World Cups to win it and find the right formula. We didn’t have enough people firing at the same time, but we’ve had glimpses of it from players.”
Broad defended his side by saying that many of the youngsters in the squad were playing in their first major tournament and he wasn’t surprised that the pressure eventually got to them.
“That is what you get with younger guys, some days they produce brilliance and others are a bit average,” Broad added.
However, Broad noted that England did have some positives that they could take away from the tournament.
“There were some positives to take from this such as Steve Finn’s bowling. He played his role -brilliantly and Samit looked world class against spin, which is great for English cricket,” Broad said.